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12-year-old girl beaten in attempted abduction in Orland Hills


Updated: October 29, 2013 10:56PM

A 12-year-old Orland Hills girl was beaten by a man who tried to abduct her and force her into a car Monday afternoon on her way home from school, Orland Hills.

About 3:30 p.m. Monday, a school bus dropped off the girl at 169th Street and 88th Avenue, near her home, a statement from Orland Hills Police said.

She told police that when she got off the bus, she noticed someone following her, but when she tried to run, he grabbed her and tried to “pull her into a red car driven by another person,” according to police.

When she tried to fight back, the attacker hit her and pounded her head against a tree, police said.

The girl had called 911 to report that the man was following her, but the call was disconnected, police said.

Officers who responded found the girl on the ground in front of her home, “extremely traumatized to the point she did not recognize or respond to her parents,” the statement said.

She was taken to Palos Community Hospital and later was transferred to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.

She described her assailant as a “light-skinned male in his late teens to early 20s,” according to police. He wore a black ski mask, gloves, a black jacket and tennis shoes. The driver of the vehicle also was wearing a ski mask.

Police ask anyone with information to call (708) 349-4434.

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