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Oak Park man arrested for attempting to abduct River Forest girl

Hamad Hafiz Almarri  |  Photo from River Forest Police Department
Hamad Hafiz Almarri | Photo from River Forest Police Department

A 31-year-old Oak Park man has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly demanding a girl get in his car on Division Street in River Forest on Oct. 8.

Hamad Hafiz Almarri, 629 S. Harvey, admitted to police that he attempted to give a ride to a female student on that day, police said.

Police arrested Almarri on Oct. 9 at 7-Eleven, 1140 N. Harlem, the same place the girl said she saw the man shortly before he approached her, police said.

A man driving a silver vehicle approached the girl in the 7300 block of Division while she was walking to school at about 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 8 and asked her to get in his car, police said.

He then demanded that she get in the car, but she refused and he drove away, police said.

The girl contacted police and provided a detailed description of the offender, police said.

River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O’Shea praised her for her “courageous decision to not get into the offender’s vehicle and for her confidence to notify police.”

Police obtained footage of the man from the 7-Eleven store and found him there when he pulled into the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, police said.

Almarri has a November court date at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood.

Oak Park police Cmdr. LaDon Reynolds said Friday that his department is investigating whether the River Forest incident is related to a similar incident near the Oak Park Post Office on Oct. 3.

In that case, a man in his mid-40s attempted to lure an Oak Park and River Forest High School student into his car, school officials said.

The man, described as a thin and Hispanic, approached the girl at about 9:30 a.m. in his vehicle on Lake Street near the Post Office, officials said. He tried several times to coax her into his vehicle before driving away east on Lake Street, officials said.

The man was wearing a white shirt and driving a small, older-model rusty blue pickup truck with a blue cover on the back and a green stripe on the side, officials said.

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