A Park Forest man tried to lure two girls into his car on March 16 near an Orland Park elementary school and promised to buy them milkshakes if they met him the next day, Orland Park police said.
Jim M. Shaver, 56, of the 00-100 block of Brookside, stopped two girls, ages 11 and 9, in the 15200 block of Orlan Brook Drive around 4 p.m. as they walked home from school, according to an Orland Park police report.
One of the girls told police Shaver used to baby sit her and that he tried to get her into his car by saying, “I have your keys you left at my house…come in so I can give them to you."
When she refused, Shaver tossed the keys out the window and advised both girls to meet him the next day at 3:30 p.m. so he could take them out for a “milkshake,” police said. The girls told police Shaver’s dashboard police radar detector then suddenly began beeping. Police showed up in time to see his red 2001 Kia speed off and, when flagged down, asked the girls what had happened.
The girls were able to catch the last four numbers on Shaver’s license plate and gave police a description of him which included a “long white beard.”
One of them also told police Shaver and his wife knew her mother, though they were no longer on speaking terms. That girl’s mother would later tell police Shaver once let her daughter and a friend put makeup on while he snapped photos. She also recalled a story in which her daughter spent the night at Shaver’s house and awoke with Shaver standing over her bed.
In December 2010, Shaver sent one of the girls a new laptop computer for her birthday, which the family gave back, police said.
Although this wasn’t the first time the girls or their family members had seen Shaver stroll through their neighborhood, they were hesitant to sign complaints against Shaver, police said.
The next day a teacher at nearby Liberty School told police she saw Shaver sitting in the school parking lot. She snapped a cell phone picture and e-mailed it to police, according to the report.
Shaver was questioned but soon taken to Palos Community Hospital because he suffers from diabetes and was without his insulin, police said. His car and belongings, including cell phones and memory cards, were seized.
He met with investigators at the Orland Park police station on March 18 and gave them permission to search his belongings, police said. On his computer, police found an aerial map of one girl’s home, according to the report.
Shaver’s wife told police her husband isn’t a child molester. The mother who knows the Shavers told police she believes Shaver was disappointed he never had a daughter of his own.
Charges were not filed until March 21 so prosecutors could fully review the case and interview the relevant parties. Shaver was arrested that day and charged with stalking.