Published Oct 20, 2016
Man arrested after interaction with boy
By Pamela Lannom
A man is in custody following his interaction Monday afternoon with a 10-year-old boy, according to Brad Bloom, assistant village manager/director of public safety.
Jason Klostermann, 41, 507 E. 144th St., Dolton, was charged with felony aggravated resisting arrest and taken to DuPage County Jail after Hinsdale police tried to apprehend him on the Oak Street Bridge.
A boy had been walking his dog near Justina and Ravine streets when he was approached by Klostermann, who asked for directions to the train station.
“After this 10-year-old boy gave him directions to the train station, the suspicious person asked the boy to accompany him and show him,” Bloom said.
The two walked together for about 2 1/2 blocks. When they were near Walnut and Phillippa streets, a neighbor recognized the boy and immediately called him over, Bloom said. Klostermann left the area and was located by police a few minutes later after the boy’s mother called 911 at 4:36 p.m.
“We’re continuing to investigate that incident,” Bloom said of Klostermann’s encounter with the boy. “There are no charges regarding that specific incident.”
Police receive reports of strangers approaching kids from time to time, but this was more serious, Bloom said.
“This one was a little concerning because the person began walking with him and we’re not sure what was going to transpire,” he said. “This person appears to be homeless. We’re investigating how long he has been in the area and why he was in the area.”
Bloom said this is a good opportunity for parents to receive safety rules with their children, reminding them to never to talk to, walk with or get into a car with a stranger. They should run to a house where they see a trusted adult.
“It’s never OK to have a conversation with someone you don’t know,” Bloom said.