Recently at Oak Park and Washington avenues there was a report about a Young girl being harassed by a gentleman in a car who wanted to give her a ride. I told my mother about it and she responded that back in the day guys usually would do that to ask girls out, however nowadays you don’t know what crazies are up to now. But also on the other hand, the girl was 16 and smart enough to report it, the guy probably saw his description on the news and will not try to pick up a younger woman again or at least from his car. But as I said before the kids in Oak Park, IL have to pay attention and get their heads out of their phones at least when they are walking alone down the street.
The good thing was, as creepy as this guy may have been, he proposed this ride from his car (a safe distance from the girl) and it could have been a lot worse, as is the case (in what we read) about most abductions. The silver lining here is that everyone is okay and this can be used as a “lesson” to remind kids and parents that things like this can happen here in Oak Park, Il, therefore when people say, “pay attention to your surroundings” to these kids walking around oblivious. Hopefully this is a message that is not hard to learn and stays with everyone for a very long time.
This is a link that briefly discusses the incident and a description of the suspect: https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/stranger-offers-ride-girl-16-oak-park