CHICAGO — A woman's dog rescued her after a man tried to kidnap her outside Ford City Mall on Sunday morning, police said.
At 9:30 a.m., the woman was walking her dog in the 4300 block of West Ford City Drive when a man tried to talk to her, according to a Chicago Police community alert. The man offered the woman candy, and she walked away from him, police said.
The man then walked behind the woman, grabbed her arm and placed a white rag over her face, police said. The woman's dog bit the man, and the woman got away.
The man drove away in a van afterward, going north through a parking lot and toward 76th Street, police said.
The man was described as possibly Indian, 50, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds, police said. He had dark brown hair, spoke with a heavy accent and wore a black jacket with red sleeves, brown khaki pants, a brown plaid shirt and black dress shoes.
The man drove a white van with no rear side windows and a sliding side door, police said. The van was missing its rear license plate.
Police advised people to be aware of their surroundings, walk in pairs or groups, call 911 to report suspicious activity and to never chase an attacker.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 312-747-8380.