Palos Heights Man Arrested After Following Oak Lawn Teen Home, Police Say

High school student memorized suspect's license plate number and picked him out of physical lineup, police said.

Terrence Loftus, 59, of Palos Heights, was charged with one count of child abduction when police say he tried to lure a 17-year-old girl to his car. PHOTO CREDIT: Oak Lawn Polcie
Terrence Loftus, 59, of Palos Heights, was charged with one count of child abduction when police say he tried to lure a 17-year-old girl to his car. PHOTO CREDIT: Oak Lawn Polcie

Oak Lawn Police arrested a 59-year-old man on charges that he attempted to lure a 17-year-old girl to his car.

Terrence F. Loftus, of the 6900 block of Highland Drive in Palos Heights, was charged with one count of child abduction.

According to a written statement by police, a man later identified as Loftus, followed the high school student as she was walking home from school on Jan. 13.

She was at Kilpatrick Avenue and 92nd Street when Loftus allegedly drove up to her and asked if she needed a ride, police said.

The student told Loftus "no." Police said the man, whom she described as being between 50-60 years old, continued to follow her and was persistent in continuing the conversation.

Loftus continued motioning with his hand trying to get her to come to the car. “Under fightening circumstances, the student was close to home and she was able to lock herself safely in her home," police said.

Police said that the student was able to memorize his license plate, on a blue, four-door Chrysler, which police learned was registered to an 86-year-old woman.

The student was also able to physically describe the man for a police composite drawing.

Oak Lawn detectives picked up the 59-year-old man, who police said was the son of the registered owner, on Jan. 17.

The man matched the composite drawing provided by the student, according to the police statement.

Police conducted a physical line-up the next day, and the student positively identified Loftus as the man who allegedly tried luring her to his car.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and approved one count of child abduction for his attempts to lure a child from a secondary school to his vehicle without the consent of her parents, police said.

Loftus appeared for a bond hearing in the Cook County Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California. Bail was set at $100,000.

He is due back in court on Wednesday at 26th and California.

John January 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Bob well that's all well and good if shes old enough to want to fight in a war. But the problem here is, he was 56. That really sends the wrong impression in today's world trying to get a girl almost 40 years younger then you into your car unless its a close family friend or family member...
Mongo January 24, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Bob Wadas....I see that you haven't taken my advice yet. Reach down, get a tight grip on your ears and pull hard, your head should slip right out of your ass. Are you connected in some way to this Monster? Or maybe you have some experience with a similar circumstance? Your sympathy for the pervert and your apathy towards the victim are is truly shocking. Also, no need to apologize because its quite obvious that you did read a different article. I read the one where the victim " under fighting circumstances" barely got away and was able to" lock herself safely in her home" after being stalked while walking home from school. I also read the one where the pervert continuously and persistently tried to lure the victim into his car. I guess in your world saying "NO" means to please keep following me and to PERSIST in attempting to lure me into your rape mobile. Gosh BOB, I,m perplexed as to why you've now attacked this young lady and tried to turn the tables as if its her fault. In your eyes, did she do something wrong Bob? Should she not be able to walk home from school Bob? And where did this thing about war come from? I guess you don't have any children Bob because if you did, no matter how old they are, you would want to violate this guy in ways I can,t describe in this posting. Bob Wadas, if that's your real name, your neighbors now know how you really feel about their children. They may look at you a little differently from now on.
tmarc75 January 24, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Terrence Loftus must be Bob's dad?!?!?!
Thomas Mc February 12, 2014 at 09:54 AM
The article said "frightening circumstances" not "fighting." LOL


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