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Cops grab man they say grabbed girl

Evanston police have arrested a man who an 11-year-old girl says grabbed her by the arm as she was walking to school Wednesday morning.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the girl was walking near Simpson Street and Ashland Avenue about 7:30 a.m. when a man she didn’t know approached and asked her name, how old she was and where she went to school — and then grabbed her arm.

Evanston police have arrested a man who an 11-year-old girl says grabbed her by the arm as she was walking to school Wednesday morning.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the girl was walking near Simpson Street and Ashland Avenue about 7:30 a.m. when a man she didn’t know approached and asked her name, how old she was and where she went to school — and then grabbed her arm.

The girl was able to break free from the man, ran off and went home after calling her mother on her cell phone.

Police were called called and located a suspect in the case in the 1700 block of Simpson.

After an investigation by detectives in the department’s juvenile unit, the man, Joseph Lee Cox, 55, of 1908 Foster St., was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. He’s scheduled to appear in district court in Skokie on Sept. 24.
 

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