Chicago, Illinois: Police have requested the public's assistance in locating a suspect who was caught on video appearing to attempt to kidnap a young girl in broad daylight.
The incident occurred just before noon on Thursday, September 8 in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.
The mother and girl were walking together when they stopped to let the man pass. A moment later, the man returns and engages the mother in conversation.
According to police, the man offered her an unspecified amount of money for her daughter. The woman refused and began to walk away with her daughter.
That was when the man is observed lunging in an attempt to grab the girl by the hair.
The mother intervened and the man walked away.
Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male with light skin between approximately 20 and 25 years of age. He is estimated to be between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 7 inches tall, and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds.
At the time of the incident, the man had bright red hair and was wearing a black hat, black tee-shirt and red shorts.
The Chicago Police ask that anyone with information contact the Area Five Detective Bureau at (312) 746-6554.
Additionally, police are cautioning parents to not let children walk alone and to identify safe havens along their child's route to school. If possible, they are encouraging parents to start a Parent Patrol or Walking School Bus Program in their area.
For information about starting such a program, call the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) Implementation Office at (312) 747-9987.