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Man Who Tried To Kidnap 9-Year-Old Girl At West Ridge Grocery Store Also Stalked A Mom And Daughter, Prosecutors Say

Terran McKethan, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated kidnapping and indecent solicitation of a child. Prosecutors say the 9-year-old girl got away by biting her attacker's hand.

Cermak Fresh Market, 6623 N. Damen Ave.
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WEST RIDGE — A West Ridge man tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl outside a grocery store last week — and accosted and propositioned another young girl and her mother in the neighborhood days earlier, prosecutors said Thursday.

Terran McKethan, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated kidnapping and indecent solicitation of a child, police and prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said McKethan grabbed and ran off with the 9-year-old girl Aug. 17 outside Cermak Fresh Market, 6623 N. Damen Ave. The girl managed to escape after she bit McKethan, officials said. Days before the attempted kidnapping, McKethan twice stalked a 13-year-old girl and her mother to their home and asked them for sex, prosecutors said.

A Cook County judge ordered McKethan held without bail at a court hearing Thursday.

The attempted kidnapping occurred about 10 a.m. Aug. 17, when the 9-year-old girl and her grandmother were walking up to the Cermak grocery store, police and prosecutors said.

McKethan followed closely behind them then grabbed the girl as the grandmother turned to get a grocery cart near the store’s entrance, prosecutors said. He picked up the girl and ran away, prosecutors said.

The girl’s grandmother yelled at McKethan to drop the girl, and three good Samaritans chased the man, prosecutors said. McKethan ran south with the girl on Ridge Avenue and down the alley behind Cermak toward Damen Avenue, where he lives, they said.

The girl bit McKethan’s hand at the base of his thumb and escaped, officials said.

Cermak’s security cameras captured the attempted abduction; police used images from that footage in a community alert to find the attacker. McKethan was arrested Monday in the 2500 block of North Clybourn Avenue. Officers noticed he had a bite mark that matched where the victim said she bite her attacker, prosecutors said.

When the community alert went live, the 13-year-old girl and her mother recognized the suspect as the same person who accosted them earlier that week, prosecutors said.

In that case, the girl and her mother were walking near a Cermak grocery store Aug. 14 when McKethan came up and asked them for a hug, prosecutors said.

The mother and daughter declined and kept walking, prosecutors said. McKethan followed and asked them if they wanted to go to his house for drinks, then asked if the mother and daughter wanted to have a threesome, prosecutors said.

McKethan followed the mother and daughter to their home, prosecutors said.

The following day, McKethan saw the same mother, 13-year-old girl and her sister walking in the neighborhood. McKethan walked up to the family and offered them water, and they declined, prosecutors said.

McKethan followed the family, prosecutors said. The 13-year-old girl ran to their house while the mother and other sister walked. McKethan followed the family home, and the mom saw him try to open their door, prosecutors said. Video surveillance captured McKethan following the family, prosecutors said.

The 13-year-old girl met with police Saturday to talk about the incident, prosecutors said. Detectives obtained video surveillance from McKethan’s job at Jewel Osco, where he was seen wearing clothes similar to what he was wearing when he accosted the girl and her family, prosecutors said.

McKethan is due back in court Sept. 12.

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