Hanover Park man charged with luring teenage girl

Updated 8/6/2014 5:15 PM

A Cook County judge set bail at $300,000 Wednesday for a 34-year-old Hanover Park man who authorities say tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into his car Sunday.

Jose Trejo-Huerta, of the 2400 block of Leslie Lane, must post $30,000 to be released from custody. Additionally, Judge Joseph Cataldo ordered Trejo-Huerta to have no contact with the girl, her family and any other witnesses.

Prosecutors say the girl was walking in her Streamwood subdivision with her younger brother and a female cousin about 8:45 p.m. Sunday when Trejo-Huerta drove by with one of the girl's neighbors. Trejo-Huerta told the girls to get into the car, which scared them, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Brogan.

A short time later, the teenagers saw the defendant again, said Brogan. This time he pulled up to them and grabbed the hand of the 13-year-old, saying he paid $45 for her, Brogan said.

The girl and her cousin ran away, but Trejo-Huerta followed the girl to her home, Brogan said. After the teenager told her mother what happened, her mother confronted Trejo-Huerta who admitted trying to pick up the girls, Brogan said.

Responding to the mother's call, police found the defendant in the parking lot behind the girl's home.

He faces charges of luring a minor and unlawful restraint. Both are Class 4 felonies punishable by up to three years in prison. Probation is also available.

Trejo-Huerta's background includes a 2009 conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

He next appears in court on Aug. 28.

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