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Report of Attempted Abduction Last Week Was "Not Bona fide," According to Elmhurst Police

Bensenville police acted in good faith, but their warning was premature.

A press release distributed by Bensenville police last week had Elmhurst parents concerned that their children might be in danger, but information obtained from Elmhurst police Oct. 25 should put their minds at ease.

The release, dated Oct. 18, stated that a 14-year-old girl was approached on Oct. 17 near Butterfield and York roads by a man who asked her to get in his car and show him how to get to Bryan Middle School. The released included a drawing of the man and a description.

Through the Elmhurst e-moms Facebook page, word spread to a number of Elmhurst families, who were upset and wondering why they were not informed by Elmhurst police and Elmhurst School District 205. The release was sent to Elmhurst Patch by a community member on Wednesday.

Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief James Kveton on Thursday said that great care is taken when these reports are made to ensure that they are bona fide. In this case, police suspected there was no foul play and followup detective work supported that determination.

The driver who spoke to the girl was, in fact, having trouble finding his destination, but he was not looking for Bryan Middle School. He was working for a "Medicare company" and trying to find Lexington Health Care, Kveton said. He was driving a specialized van for transporting elderly clients.

He never asked the girl to get in his vehicle; she was wearing headphones listening to music and didn't hear him correctly, Kveton said.

It was the first time the driver had gone to Lexington, as his business was under a new contract with the retirement home, he said.

"He had driven up and down Butterfield a few times and didn't find it, and he stopped and asked the girl if she knew where it was," Kveton said. "He was having a hard time picking up his client. That's all."

Police in neighboring towns often work cooperatively when incidents of this nature are reported, but Elmhurst police did not authorize the release.

Life.Is.Good October 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Come on. A) NEVER ask a young person for directions. It will send up red flags all over town. B) Who is this day and age does not use Google maps or GPS to find their destination. C) Lexington is a rather large facility. How do you miss that?
an Elmhurst mom October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Are you kidding?? The person he chose to approach for directions was a 14 yr old girl? There are gas stations at that intersection...
bears October 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Non Bonafide can be interpreted many ways, however in this case, non bonafide refers not to the complainants belief in what occurred, but in the suspects intentions. The suspect was a senior citizen who didn't realize his actions could cause fear in a child. He was apologetic and was not charged. The child did the right thing and was legitimately frightened. It's easy to understand her actions. She did what she was taught.
Linda wilson October 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
As the grandmother of that 14 year old girl l am wondering if the white bearded driver of that white van should be driving at all. If he was driving up and down butterfield road and didn't see the big Lexington sign and then stops a 14 year old student for directions just doesn't add up. Thanks to police for their care and kindness to my granddaughter. They were great working with her.
Jolie October 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
As the mother of this 14 year old girl,I would like to state I am nothing but proud of her. Because of the stranger danger lessons she was taught through out her life by many people she absolutly did the right thing, We as a family decided to get the police involved. Better safe than sorry is our motto. As far as this being posted on facebook, I do not know who did that,I personally do not have a facebook and I can assure you it was no one in my family. I do believe Elmhurst should have sent a letter out on this insident,found non bonafide or not. I had even called the next day to ask why a letter was not sent out, anyone with kids would want to know if someone tried to abduct anyone. I would like to thank Bensenville police for the actions they took in reguards to this matter. I would also like to thank the Elmhurst Detective and Police Officers involved,you did nothing but make my daughter comfortable during every single step that you took with her. I am glad that you happened to find the man through the evidence that was presented to you. Lets hope this does not happen to anyone in our town anytime soon,and if it does please teach your children the stanger danger lesson. It worked for us. God bless and have a great day.
Karen Chadra (Editor) October 27, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Thank you, Jolie. I'm glad everything turned out OK. And your daughter did the right thing. You taught her well!

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