Mundelein police seek public’s help to find child abduction suspect
Sun-Times Media October 1, 2013 4:48PM
Sketch of kidnapping suspect in Mundelein. | Mundelein Police Department
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:25AM
The Mundelein Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a subject who abducted a 3-year old girl from the entrance to residences along Deepwoods Drive on Monday, and then returned her to the area a short time later.
The abduction occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, but the male suspect had been seen earlier in the day handing out candy to children in the area, police said. He was also reported to be in the area the day before as well, they added.
Before the abduction, the girl was walking with her mother and her older sister to a building in Diamond Lake Condominiums at 555 Deepwoods Drive. The mother went ahead when the man pulled up in a car and had a “brief conversation” with the two children just outside the entrance and then grabbed the 3-year-old, Police Chief Eric Guenther said.
“The mother returned from shopping with her 3- and 9-year-old girls and had gone through the first set of doors and had started to go through the locked second doors when she noticed the girls had stopped outside,” Guenther said. “He approached the girls, had a 15-second conversation with both of them and then physically picked (the 3-year-old) up and put her in his vehicle,” which Guenther added was parked right out front.
Witnesses saw the car drive away toward Route 45, Guenther said.
“A private citizen’s security camera caught him going into the complex and dropping the girl off 30 minutes later in a rear parking lot,” he said.
It was not immediately known if the girl was injured or assaulted.
About 30 minutes later, a resident saw the girl running in one of the complex’s parking lots, Guenther said.
Officials say the suspect is described as a Hispanic man between the ages of 20-30 years old, with short curly hair and a goatee. He was seen driving a black compact car with aftermarket wheels, possibly a navy blue or black 2006-08 Hyundai Accent four-door sedan.
Guenther said police expect to release a sketch of the man Wednesday morning.
The investigation is ongoing.
Mundelein police officials said they strongly encourage residents to contact the police department immediately if they see anything suspicious or encounter any suspicious persons in their neighborhood.
Anyone with information should call the Mundelein Police Department at 847-968-4600.