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Palos Hills man accused of trying to abduct teen

Updated: February 23, 2014 6:41AM



A Palos Hills man is charged with trying to lure a 17-year-old girl into his car last week as she walked home from school in Oak Lawn, according to police.

They said the girl was walking Jan. 13 on Kilpatrick Avenue near 92nd Street when Terrence P. Loftus drove up and asked if she needed a ride.

The girl declined, but Loftus kept following her, trying to continue the conversation and motioning for her to get in the car, police said. They said the girl ran to her nearby home and locked herself inside.

She memorized the license plate of the Chrysler, which was registered to Loftus’ 86-year-old mother, and also gave police a composite sketch of the driver, according to police.

The plate led police to Loftus, who was arrested Friday and identified by the teen in a physical lineup Saturday at the Oak Lawn police station, police said.

Loftus, 59, 6901 Highland Drive, is charged with child abduction. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil ordered him held on $100,000 bail during a hearing Monday, police said.

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