UPDATED: Minooka Police Say Suspicious Person Case is Inactive
A 10-year-old boy told police he was dragged into a corn field in September.
"We basically received a call of a suspicious subject," Meyer said. "The evidence doesn’t substantiate what the victim had said, so the case is inactive."
Meyer said the student said a man tried to abduct him by dragging him into the corn field across from the playground during recess at Aux Sable. The boy told police the man let him go, the boy went back into the school and did not report the incident to anyone right away.
The incident happened Sept. 12 during lunch recess at the school.
But the parent of the child, who did not want to give her name because she is afraid for her son and her family, tells a different story. She said when she picked her son up from school that day, he was acting strangely.
“He was slumped in my backseat and asking if someone is looking at him,” she said. She said he told her that he could not tell her what was bothering him because someone would get hurt, but eventually came out with the story of what had happened to him.
In fact, she said he had details of the man who tried to abduct him.
“He said it was a white man with a black buzz cut, discolored teeth, a deep voice wearing a flesh colored mask, which had a mustache and had black mesh eyeholes,” she said. “He was also wearing a black watch with silver spikes around it.”
The mom said her son was able to describe the watch because that was the hand the man put around the child’s mouth when he took him.
“Later my son told me the man was wearing knee pads and he also had some sort of padding under his sweatshirt that my son could feel when he picked him up,” she said.
Initially the child said the man dragged him but later corrected that and said that he picked him up, the mom said.
The mom drove right back to the school to report the incident, but says she feels like she and her son were dismissed.
She believes that the man let her son go because he said he fought back.
“He kicked him several times,” the mom said.
And she thinks the school might be dismissing her son’s story because the child has anger issues.
Minooka police have said that the area always has adult supervision and the mom does not doubt that. She said she thinks when her son bolted out to the playground that day he was the first child out there and he went in a direction opposite the playground because he was waiting for a younger sibling and a friend. She assumes the staff would have headed towards the playground.
“My son was on the grassy area and students aren’t supposed to be over there, I will be the first to admit it,” she said.
Meyer said while they have slated the case as inactive, the adults at Aux Sable School will continue to be vigilant.
The mom of the student said she has notices that police are always on hand during drop off and pick up, but she doesn’t think that’s enough.
“These cornfields are everywhere out here and these parents need to know,” she said. "It’s crazy to me that they are not doing more."
Meyer said to his knowledge there has never been a reported case of abduction by a stranger within the village limits of Minooka.
Even though Meyer said the community is not in danger, he suggested parents remind children how to stay safe and not engage strangers.
- Don't approach strange cars
- Always walk with someone else; use the buddy system
- Don't be afraid to yell if a stranger is talking to you and you are uncomfortable
- Don't take gifts or candy from strangers
- Don't converse with anyone that is a stranger and report to a trusted if you have an incident that makes you feel uncomfortable