A man tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl by grabbing her near a wooded area in the northwest suburbs on Wednesday but she escaped by biting his hand and running away, offcials said.
The girl was sitting near a pond on the south side of the 9600 block of Golf Road around 5:15 p.m. in Maine Township when she was startled by a man who approached her, Cook County Sheriff’s police spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said.
As the girl began to walk away, the man grabbed her and tried to drag her into a nearby wooded area, Ansari said. But as the man covered the girl’s mouth, she fought back by biting his hand, allowing her to escape and run home.
Police searched the area using a helicopter and K-9 units, but were unable to locate the suspect, though a pair of white headphones the victim had been wearing were reportedly found.
Ansari said the girl was alone at the time of the attempted abduction, which occurred between Golf Road and the Bay Colony residential neighborhood east of Interstate 294.
Sheriff’s police released a sketch of the suspect, who was described as a white man, 20 to 30 years, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and 170-190 pounds. He was wearing an orange and brown hooded sweatshirt, and black and white pants.