January 12th, 2010
10:48 AM ET

Attempted child abduction


Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Authorities in Chicago are asking for help in finding a man who tried to abduct a teenage girl on her way to school.

The attempted kidnapping occurred early Monday morning on the west side of the city. Chicago Police spokesman John Mirabelli said the 14-year-old was walking on the sidewalk when she was approached by an unknown offender driving a late model silver Cadillac Escapade.

"The offender was armed with a blue steel handgun and orderd the victim into the vehicle," Mirabelli told CNN. "She was able to escape by jumping out." Mirabelli added that two bystanders also helped bring her to safety.

The girl did not suffer any significant injuries, investigators said. They are working very closely with her in hoping to find the suspect.

He is described as African American in his 40s, between 5'10 and 6'2, weighing approximately 200 pounds. He has black hair with small braids, a goatee and was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, red jacket and a gold chain.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chicago police at 312-746-8251.

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