Berwyn police chief says allegation unfounded

Berwyn police chief James Ritz said Wednesday that the incident in Berwyn that had appeared to be an attempted child abduction was “classified as unfounded after doing our investigation.”

The man who found himself described in a community advisory came forward to explain the situation, Ritz said. “He had run over a tree branch and was asking for help, and this was totally verified by the girl who made the report.”

“The girl did the right thing and he did the right thing by coming to us,” Ritz said. “This proves the value of communication with the community.”

The police chief said he had spoken at a PTA meeting at Lincoln School Tuesday night along with an Oak Park police commander.

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