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Evanston police are investigating an incident in which a boy out walking his dog said he had an unwanted encounter with a man driving a taxicab.

An email message distributed by Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, quotes police as saying the youth was walking the dog near the Perkins Woods forest preserve when a man driving a taxicab eastbound on Grant Street at Ewing Avenue asked him “If he wanted to see something cool.”

The boy said no and walked away from the cab, which also started to drive away.

But the youth said the driver then stopped the cab abruptly, startling him. The boy says he snapped a picture of the cab that captured its license plate and then ran through the forest preserve to get away.

The youngster later texted his mother to say he was in some sort of trouble.

The department’s juvenile detective bureau is investigating the incident.


Update 8 p.m. 8/9/13: Evanston police now say the taxi driver has been identified and interviewed and said that he was just attempting to ask for directions. Police say the youngster’s parents, advised of the cab driver’s story, declined to sign a complaint.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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