On Sept. 8, at 7:28 a.m., in the area of Simpson Street and Ashland Avenue, an 11-year old girl, who was on her way to school, was approached by a 55-year old man whom she did not know, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. According to the girl, the man began to ask her name, how old she was and where she went to school. After asking these questions, the man approached the girl and grabbed her by the arm, said the Commander. The girl was able to pull away and began to briskly walk away. The man fled on foot, said the Commander.
The girl called her mother by cell phone, and her mother told her to return home. The police were notified and given a description of the man. Police began to canvas the area and stopped a man in the 1700 block of Simpson Street. Police linked the man to the incident, and he is being charged with battery and disorderly conduct, said the Commander.