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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Cori October 30, 2013 at 01:12 AM
I hope this girl is able to get over her trauma but something about the details don't mesh. How was she able to tell police the assailant he was in his teens or 20's if he was wearing a ski mask the entire time? Both assailants were dressed in ski masks & gloves & the attack would've taken more than a few seconds. It's not a remote area & surprised no cars passed by or people saw anything. This pot child has amnesia maybe due to the shock because there was no head injury or trauma. She was able to relate events that led up to the attack but has no recollection of where she goes to school, friends or family members. Let's get the whole story before we turn into fear mongers.
Cori October 30, 2013 at 01:14 AM
I meant poor child has amnesia but the details & timeline don't make sense.
Joe October 30, 2013 at 07:48 AM
The above Hmm Hmm poster, just FYI, these creeps are not men...Let's find these sick minds, and get them off our streets!!!
Harry Callahan October 30, 2013 at 08:14 AM
@MOMOF@ aren't U doing the same? That's assumptions.
anna October 30, 2013 at 08:25 AM
It would be nice if our local departments would have classes for kids and parents and teach tactics along with real training with actual "pretend" scenarios. Also there should ALWAYS be a parent at every bus stop and walk the children home/ or at least watch all the kids walk home. Moms/dads get off those couches!
Renee October 30, 2013 at 09:16 AM
I'm surprised that with the recent attempts that the neighboring schools have not issued alerts, and I haven't seen anymore police presence around the neighborhoods! Early on, the only reason I knew about these attempts was through my Patch e mails!
kyle g October 30, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Maybe if Orland Hills cops wern't always sitting in gas station parking lots and actually doing their job patrolling, people like this ass hole would get caught. How was their no cop close to the school when school got out? Should always have at least 3 stationed near by. Not sitting in the Shell parking lot,
niknmad October 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM
I have a daughter at Grissom middle school and a daughter Andrew high school and I was alerted by both schools about the situation. Very sad what this little girl went through. I was also alerted about the other 2 incidents that happened last week.
voklst October 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM
As a retired school bus driver- there's not enough time & space here to tell All my stories! How come soooo many children walk home alone from the bus stop? Where are the parents? care takers? guardians? As a Chicagoan who moved to Orland park for Highschool.... In Chicago I was almost abducted several times. The wierdos live closer together in the city. Me nor my friends told our parents anything- cuz then we'd get grounded...Different times. But I could really run back then and jump fences in two moves. The wierdos after trying to get me in their cars or the alley could not find me! I watch (ed) New ID, Nancy Grace, Americas Most Wanted, etc. For years as a bus driver watched small children walk home alone. Or go to the park instead of going home. poster up above..... Just Now your gonna pick-up your kid at the bus stop? What have uou been doing up until this point? 30 seconds to steal a child, an adult, a car, your family pet, your wallet, your purse. I had 3 purses stolen before highschool ended Think I carry a purse? Not! My husband & I take no chances with our 6 yr. old. She already knows Predator/Prey Stranger Danger and that acquaintances could be stranger danger. 30 seconds What do you think Polly Kloss' dad & mom, Jon Bonets Parents, John Walshs family, Elizabeth Smarts parents, the couple on vacation in Portugal-Madelines parents, the list goes on... they would say their biggest regret is.... They didnt keep a keener/closer eye on their children.
Mary bell October 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Sad to say but no child is ever safe no mater what neighbor hood...we all need to keep our eyes open for each other's children.
Cindy Halpern October 30, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Either she suffered trauma to her head or she is experiencing post tramatic syndrome. I hope the doctors did an MRI of her brain to make sure there is no clot there.
ChrissyBCool October 30, 2013 at 02:15 PM
It's a shame that parents need to work and children have to walk home alone. I still pick up my child from school and have not worked for several years. I don't have the newest I-Phone, or drive a new car! Yes, we have what we need and my child is SAFE! To me that is more important than anything! So the next time you think your child is old enough to walk to school alone, because you need to keep up with the Jones’s. Think again!! They are NOT! Unfortunately we do hear about it more in Chicago then in Orland Hills! Parents don’t let your child go Trick or Treating ALONE, make sure they are SAFE!! Take a moment and Hug your Child, you never know, it might be the last! LOL
Arthur Huff October 30, 2013 at 05:23 PM
How nice for you ChrissyBCool. However, your comments might be just a tad insensitive. I don't think every parent who works is doing so just to keep up with the Joneses as you put it. Some people work to pay for things like mortgages, food, clothes, utilities...ya know, those expensive necessities.
Michele Lee Denning October 30, 2013 at 08:46 PM
How about telling what STATE this happened in?!?!?
Carolyn October 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM
How did she get away?
Karen Smith October 31, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Strange, strange story....and CrissyBCool.....I only hope I can be as cool as you. In a world where they say it takes a village to raise a child.....your the village idiot.
Daniella Carmody November 01, 2013 at 04:41 AM
It sounds like a hate crime to me but resources are telling media and media get that its safer to label as a child abduction. White male wearing a mask, and the ôther wearing a mask as well driving a CAR? Not a van or truck but a car to abuct a 12yo really? nationality of the 12yo girl is what?
Daniella Carmody November 01, 2013 at 04:41 AM
It sounds like a hate crime to me but resources are telling media and media get that its safer to label as a child abduction. White male wearing a mask, and the ôther wearing a mask as well driving a CAR? Not a van or truck but a car to abuct a 12yo really? nationality of the 12yo girl is what?
Jim Quinn November 01, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Kevin Schulyer, facts buddy just facts,,, there is no business there, just houses...
Jim Quinn November 01, 2013 at 09:08 AM
As horrific as it is, something just does not add up..She is being attacked, punched and head slammed into a tree repeatedly,so much so, she cannot remember her family. Yet she is able to describe the attacker as a white man late teens early twenties,even though he was masked and gloved, same with the other in the car..also the one day her older brother isn't with her... doesn't add up... She was already knocked out, so why didn't they put her in the car then... Now I know I'm making assumptions, and these are not facts... but if this was to hide some abuse at home,,,,,,,,
Carolyn November 01, 2013 at 09:20 AM
I have to sort of agree with jim quinn I know the girl was hurt but some things don't add up. I am not going to say home abuse but there is more to this story. I guess we will find out in time.
Connie November 01, 2013 at 01:46 PM
indeed some things do not add up, she is traumatized, the guys wear ski masks, but she, a twelve year old, says they are white and late teens or early 20, this amongst other things.
Southbridge Church November 01, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Um.. People.. sometimes things don't add up in the story because the police leave out some details they would like to keep private for the investigation. Sometimes. Things only the attackers would know so when questioning people...
Arthur Huff November 01, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Good point by Southbridge Church.
voklst November 01, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Given we are not privvy to insider info.... Is an abduction assumed here? Criminals & felons do not need reasons or motives to be a??holes! Sometimes they just "feel like it" and were looking for something 'fun' to do.
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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