Yesterday around 5:20pm, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 24000 block of Jensen Street in Shorewood, Joliet Township. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the mother of an 11-year-old female who stated that around 5pm her daughter was given permission to walk to her friend’s house on Jensen Street, two blocks west of their home on S. Sarver Drive. At approximately 5:10pm, the mother received a phone call from the intended friend’s mother who advised that her daughter had arrived to their house in a panic and had been chased by an unknown male.
Deputies then spoke to the girl who stated that while walking westbound, approaching Canterbury, an unknown male white with brown/black ear length hair, wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt, came running towards her yelling, “Come here, I got something for you.” The girl started running towards her friend’s home and began using her cell phone to call her mother. The male subject then ran north on Lakewood and out of sight of the victim.
The 11-year-old was not injured. Deputies canvassed the neighborhood for a possible offender but did not locate anyone. As is normal protocol, deputies are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. At this time they are unclear of what the intensions of the offender were. The investigation into this incident remains active.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking people in the neighborhood and surrounding areas to be vigilant when their families/children are outside. If any homeowners have security video in that area that has not already been previewed by deputies, to please do so and contact us immediately with any information you may have. If anyone sees anything suspicious, we ask that you contact the Will County Sheriff’s Office at 815-727-8575. –end-