Police have located the subject of a suspicious incident which occurred on February 11, 2013, involving a 13 year-old boy who was approached by a lone male in a vehicle while walking to school near 40th Street and Saratoga Avenue. The boy fled the area on foot and the incident was reported to police.
During the investigation, officers received information from a citizen that a person matching the subject's description was in the area asking for directions to traffic court. Traffic court is held near the area where the incident occurred and the subject was identified through court records.
The victim was shown a picture of the subject and his vehicle and confirmed that it was the same person that had approached him. During an interview with the subject, which required an interpreter due to a language barrier, officers confirmed that the subject was lost and asking for directions to traffic court. The language barrier contributed to the misunderstanding.
The Downers Grove Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in resolving this matter and asks everyone to remind children to be aware of strangers and report any concerns immediately to police.
February 11, 2013
On February 11, 2013, at 8:05 a.m., a 13 year-old boy was walking on his way to school in the area of the Westbrook West Condos, near 40th Street and Saratoga Avenue. He was approached by a vehicle driven by a lone male occupant who rolled down his window and offered him a ride to school. The boy immediately fled the area on foot. A search of the immediate and surrounding areas by police was unsuccessful in locating the described man and/or vehicle.
Police are attempting to locate a Hispanic man approximately 50 years of age with a gray mustache, dark spots under his eyes and last seen wearing a tan jacket. The vehicle he was driving may possibly be a light blue 4-door Buick or Mercury with damage on the driver's side trunk.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Downers Grove Police Department at (630) 434-5600 or 911. Police have increased patrols in the area and at all local schools. Everyone is asked to remind children to be aware of strangers and report any concerns immediately to police.