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.

Oak Lawn Gal January 21, 2014 at 06:54 PM
That teen did everything right! Thank God they got the guy ~ thanks to her.
Carol January 21, 2014 at 07:04 PM
She did do the right thing ,the only problem is that now he knows where she lives .
Working Stiff January 21, 2014 at 07:05 PM
What a creep. Typical dirty perverts
Kelly Colvin-Vaccaro January 21, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Wow good job for that teen. Glad she is ok. Smart girl, and a hero for getting the correct info to get this sicko off the streets and not harm anyone!
Larry Murray January 21, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Great job kid!!! That's some quick thinking and you helped get this pig off the street!
anna January 21, 2014 at 08:20 PM
I wonder if he is tied to any other cases that occurred the past few months in Tinley Park... There was a description of an older man in an incident involving a couple kids...It was on the Palos Patch.. I think it was in October 2013...
ABR January 21, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Great job kiddo!! You did all the right stuff, let's hope he stays in jail where he belongs.
Bob Wadas January 21, 2014 at 11:31 PM
What if he thought it was too cold and was offering a ride so the girl wouldnt have to be cold. Very stupid and big lack og judgement. But that is a possibility.small but possible. If he has zero past with a crime involving a minor that he may not have had bad intentions
Mongo January 22, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Hey Bob Wadas, do lollipops grow on trees in your world? This guy is a predator pure and simple. Thank God this young lady is OK. Kudos to the OLCHS Resource Officer and the Oak Lawn Police for getting this monster off of our streets quickly.
tmarc75 January 22, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Bob Wadas January 22, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Hey, Mongo.. I said only a possibility, thats all. I am glad they found out who he was, where he lives. Someone this age would probably not be a first time offender and from the way it sounds he doesnt seem bright enough to have a past he could hide. It is America and everyone is innocent until proven guilty, right ? I guess not, why bother going in front of a judge or jury, right ?
Mongo January 23, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Bob Wadas.... What was I thinking, you're right! Just because he stalked her for a couple of miles and tried to force her into his car and she had to fight him off, no way this guy could ever be guilty. I never said he shouldn't have his day in court and be judged by a jury of his peers. You must admit, seems the evidence is weighted against him. The real problem here is that you seem more concerned about this pervert then you do about the victim. What about her rights? How about showing a little concern and compassion for the young lady instead of weeping for this pervert. This guy is a predator and needs to be removed from our streets so that our children can walk home from school without the fear of being accosted by a monster. And you sir need to get your head out of your ass!
Honestly IPO January 23, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Pedophiles right or wrong are always guilty first. Let them prove their innocence. IMO.... I like the way the Native Americans used to deal with pedophiles and rapists .... they didn't ..... they disposed of the garbage.
Chris M. January 23, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Could someone please tell me why the residents of this community were not alerted of this incident? I have a child that attends OLCHS and nothing was said about this. I'm assuming this girl was walking home from OLCHS. We need to know what is going on in this community, but if we are not told what to look for it will happen again an again!
OakLawnGuy January 23, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Good question, Chris. I don't know if OLCHS might be prevented from referring to an alleged incident and producing a warning as a result, but the PD can certainly alert people. We have been notified of such incidents in the past.
EOMessage January 23, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Oak Lawn sendt EverbridgeAlerts notifying us when a Trustee aligned with the mayor had a bogus community meeting. Yet when crimes happen no one gets notified. This needs to stop.
Bob Wadas January 23, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Mongo..I apologize, I must have read a different story. I read the one where a guy asked the girl for a ride and motioned with his hand to come over. I didnt know there was an incident where a girl had to "fight off" a man. I'll look for that story where that happened.
Bob Wadas January 23, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Pedophile ? SHE WAS 17 !! He offered her a ride, and motioned with his hand. 17 ! A few months away from being able to fight in a war ! She is by all accounts basically an adult !
Bob Wadas January 23, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Yes, lets warn the community a man offered a 17 yr old a ride and motioned with his hand to get in his car. EVIL hand motioning.oooooooooooo
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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