Members of the Guardian Angels escorted about 40 children to schools in the Lawndale neighborhood Thursday after a teenage girl walking to school was abducted at gunpoint earlier this week, driven to a residence and raped by six offenders.
The crime hit home for Miguel Fuentes, one of three members of the anti-crime group who were handing out fliers near West 16th Street and South Trumbull Avenue, where the 14-year-old girl was abducted Monday morning. He grew up about a mile away.
Neighbors in the area are “somewhat immune to crime,” said Fuentes, sporting the Guardian Angels’ signature red beret. “(But) even a crime this horrible does affect people.”
It was broad daylight when an older model gray car with passenger’s side damage pulled up to the girl as she walked alone near 16th and Trumbull at about 7:45 a.m., Chicago police said.
The driver told the girl, “Get in the car,” according to a police report. When the girl refused, the driver got out of the car, pulled out a silver pistol and yelled at the girl, “You got five seconds,” the report said. She was then forced in the car and driven to an apartment building, where she was sexually assaulted by six men.
Police said the girl was dropped off 10 hours later at Roosevelt Road and Kedzie Avenue.
In issuing a community alert, police said the offenders were in their early to mid-20’s and that five of them had long dreadlocks.
Thursday afternoon, police were out in full force near the site of the abduction, repeatedly circling vacant lots and surrounding blocks. The Guardian Angels were talking to passersby and handing out fliers warning residents about the rape. They also left nearly 1,000 fliers on light poles and abandoned buildings nearby.
“We need people to step up ... Somebody knows something,” Fuentes said. “It’s a shame that this 14-year-old girl is grabbed at gunpoint and violently raped by six monsters ... Somebody needs to say something about it because if they don’t and they (the offenders) don’t get caught, I guarantee you they’re going to do it again.”
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