A juvenile girl
walking home from school on Tuesday reported being approached by a man in a
car who appears to have solicited her while making an obscene gesture with
his hand, Chesterton Police said.
The incident took
place around 3:30 p.m., while the girl was walking along Lincoln Ave.,
The girl later
advised police that she first noticed the car--a red two-door--pull into a
driveway on Lincoln Ave. near 11th Street. The car’s driver then drove four
houses down and briefly parked, before following her east on Lincoln Ave.,
where in the area of Ninth Street he pulled up to her.
“The male driver
was making an up-and-down motion with his right hand above his groin,”
police said. While doing so, he “asked her if she wanted to help as he
continued to make an up-and-down motion.”
The girl “could
only see the driver’s upper body” and “could not tell if the driver was
exposing and touching himself.”
The girl continued
walking, at which time the suspect “backed up and was last seen traveling
northbound on Ninth Street,” police said.
The suspect was
described as a white male in his late teens or early 20s, with brown hair,
brown eyes, a thin mustache, and a thin build, wearing a black tee-shirt and
resembling “Ashton Kutcher,” police said.
vehicle “had rust in various areas and a sticker on the passenger’s side,”
The girl--who “made
it home unharmed” and immediately reported the incident to her
mother--stated that she’d never seen the man or the car before.
the area but were unable to locate a suspect. The investigation is ongoing,