Attempted Abduction Left Girl Unable to Recognize Parents

Orland Hills police looking for two men who attacked a 12-year-old girl Monday afternoon after following her as she stepped off a school bus.

First post: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29

Police are looking for two men who tried to pull a 12-year-old girl into their car and hit her several times in the head during the attack.

The girl stepped off a school bus at 169th Street and 88th Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday, and called 911 to report that she saw a man following her, according to a release from the Orland Hills Police Department. The call was disconnected, but the girl had told dispatchers her location, according to the release.

Officers found her lying on the ground near the area. Police said she was so traumatized that she didn’t recognize or respond to her parents initially.

The girl told officers she tried running away from the man she saw following her, but he grabbed her and tried pulling her into a red car driven by another man. Both men were wearing ski masks at the time.

The girl struggled with the man who grabbed her, during which he hit her several times and struck her head several times into a nearby tree, according to the release.

VIDEO UPDATE, Oct. 30: Brother says his sister still can't recognize people.

The attacker was described as:

  • white man
  • late teens early 20s
  • wearing a black ski mask, gloves, a black jacket and tennis shoes

The girl was unable to see the driver, other than that he was wearing a ski mask as well.

The girl was taken to Palos Community Hospital and then was transferred later to Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, where she is still being treated as of Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the incident and/or the attackers should contact the Orland Hills Police Department at 708-349-4434.

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Hemi fan November 04, 2013 at 09:40 AM
There are way too many conincidences that took place for this event to have happened the way it was described. For starters, this took place in a heavily police patrolled/busy/safe safe area at 3:30. Her phone was magically disconnected but revealed the location, the police did not arrive in time to see the attackers, the girl was laying on the ground yet not taken, she was afraid and did not remember her parents but can describe the attackers in detail covered head to toe, her brother normally walks off the bus with her but had an after school activbity that day, no witnesses to hear screaming, she was struck on hear head repeatedly and bashed into a tree but was released from the hospital a couple days later... The girl is a victim but of who?
Carolyn November 04, 2013 at 09:52 AM
She is a victim of whoever has the most to lose if the truth come out.
Arthur Huff November 04, 2013 at 01:45 PM
It would be nice to see the Orland Hills police department give some kind of update on this. There are a lot of worried parents out there.
Linda Hancock November 09, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Any updates on this story?
Arthur Huff November 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Now that the library story has run its course I hope we get more information on this one soon. The police must have some kind of update by now.


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