BROOKFIELD – A La Grange man was arrested last week after being accused of harassing a 16-year-old girl, according to Brookfield police.
Angel C. Castillo, 38, of the 400 block of South Ashland Avenue in La Grange was charged with one count of disorderly conduct Friday, police said. He reportedly asked a high school student if she wanted to pose in a bikini to help him sell cars in a magazine, police said.
The Riverside Brookfield High School student told police that she noticed an older model red convertible with a white top in the 3400 block of Maple Avenue at about 6 p.m. Thursday, police said. When the student arrived at Maple and Grant avenues, the car pulled to the west side of Maple Avenue and parked, police said.
A man exited the car, approached the student and asked her if she would like to help him sell cars by posing in a bikini, police said. The man said he was not hitting on her because he was married, adding that he and his wife were trying to sell cars in magazines, police said.
The man asked the student if she was 18, but she misled him about her personal information and told him she was 16, not 18, hoping he would leave her alone, police said. The man complimented the girl on her body and said she looks like she works out, police said.
The student shook hands with the man, and he followed her and asked if she had a boyfriend, police said. She said that she did have a boyfriend, and he said that her boyfriend was a lucky man, police said.
The student met her boyfriend at Brookfield Avenue, and they observed the man drive by southbound across the railroad tracks, police said. The student also told police that she and her boyfriend later saw the red convertible drive by again at the Eight Corners intersection, police said.
The girl's boyfriend was able to provide police with a partial license plate, police said. Investigators contacted Castillo, who owns the car, and asked him to come into the station to discuss the incident, police said.
Castillo said he had purchased a Lotto ticket at gas station near Veterans Memorial Circle, police said. He said he saw some young people in the area but did not speak with any of them, police said.
Investigators asked Castillo specifically if he had any interaction with any females in the area, and he said he did not, police said. He said would never hit on a young woman because is married and that he would not talk to the high school student in question because he prefers blondes, police said. Castillo could not explain why his car, physical description, partial license plate number and photograph were identified, police said.
Castillo has a court date of June 11 in the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood, police said.