The Evanston Police Department is currently investigating two separate reports of suspicious incidents involving contact with juveniles. In both incidents, female juveniles were approached by a black male on a bicycle while walking to school in the morning, said Perry Polinski – Media Relations for the Evanston Police Department.
On April 21 at approximately 9:50 a.m., a female juvenile was walking to school in the vicinity of Sherman Av. and Madison St., when a black male on a bicycle rode up, engaged her in conversation, and told her that he wanted to take her to a movie. After catching up to a fellow female student who was walking ahead of her and telling the subject that she was her sister, the subject rode away on his bike west bound in an alley. The subject was further described as 40-50 years old, dark complexion, medium build, with a moustache and a missing tooth, and wearing a beige hat and dark jacket riding a blue bicycle.
On April 22 at approximately 9:10 a.m.,. a female juvenile was walking to school in the vicinity of Austin Street and Elmwood Avenue when she was approached by a black male on a bicycle who attempted to engage her in conversation. The juvenile reportedly screamed at the subject to get away from her, ran, and when she turned around, the subject was gone. The subject was further described as approximately 5’8” to 6’0” tall, medium to dark complexion, medium to large build with black marks on the left side of his face and a gap in the middle of his upper teeth wearing a dark blue winter hat, dark brown coat and blue jeans riding a blue bicycle.
Juvenile Detectives are continuing to investigate whether or not these incidents are related and are alerting the public to make their children aware as well as determine if anyone has seen anything. Since the reported incidents, police have increased patrols around schools in the area and will continue this measure.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5000 and ask for the Juvenile Bureau or anonymous tips can be sent via text message to CRIMES (274637) followed by EPDTIP in the message line, and then your tip information.