The following account was received by Manuel Navarette at UFO Clearinghouse on Thursday September 14, 2017:
On Monday September 12, 2017 at about 10:30PM CT I was leaving work and walking down the street toward Millard Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. I stopped at the store to pick up a couple of items that I needed at home and left, turning to my left onto Millard Avenue to walk toward home. As I was walking I saw something that looked like a large person but had huge black wings and a pair of glowing orange eyes. At first, I thought it might be a large owl, but as I got closer I realized that this person was at least 7 ft tall. I’m 5 foot 4 and this thing towered over me. It stood there and looked right at me for about 10 seconds and made a sort of chirping sound as I approached it.
My first thought was that this was the devil and started praying as I walked. I kept walking because I felt that if I stopped I was going to be paralyzed with fear. As I got to about 20 ft from where it was standing it let out a very loud screech that sounded as it was trying to warn me, before leaping up into the air and taking off in the direction of West 25th Street. I watched it disappear into the night and continued saying my prayers as I walked toward home. When I got home I was hysterical and crying and my family came rushing to my side when they saw me crying uncontrollably. I related the story to everybody in the living room and my grandmother said that it was either the devil or a Lechusa. She stated that either way I was very lucky to make it home and that saying my prayers had protected me from this thing. I slept at night with the window locked, curtains drawn and a light from my desk on. Even though I slept with the lights on I still dreamed of this horrific thing and that it was coming to get me. I pray to God that I never see this thing again and now I know that my prayers protected me from whatever this thing was.
Manuel Navarette's notes:
An investigator for UFOCH talked to the witness early this evening (09/14/17). The witness reiterated the story as reported. No embellishing of the story was given when presented the opportunity and when asked a series of questions about the sighting, she gave no variation of the sighting reported. The witness stated that she was still visibly upset by this sighting, even 48 hours removed. After speaking with the witness and going over the sighting with her in detail, it is the investigator’s opinion that the witness did see something that evening and that her report is credible.
The witness also stated that she has heard stories from the surrounding neighborhood that other witnesses have seen what they describe as “Un Diablo Negro” or a “Black Devil” in the neighborhoods within Little Village. When asked if she could point me in the direction of any other witnesses, she was very hesitant to divulge any information. After some time speaking with her and assuring her that the witnesses could remain anonymous she agreed to refer any witnesses she knew to UFOCH.
This is a plea to any witnesses that have had similar encounters in the Little Village neighborhood. You are assured that your report and your identity will remain anonymous if you so wish. The information gathered here will be purely for research purposes into these sighting and will not be shared with anyone else outside of the UFO Clearinghouse research team and will NOT be shared with any governmental or law enforcement agencies.
NOTE: From the information gathered in the report, it seems that the witness was at the Family Dollar store on the corner of W. 26th St. and S. Millard Ave. When the witness exited the store, she took a left and waked north on S. Millard Ave towards W. 25th St. Her encounter was on the west side walk before reaching W. 25th St. The photo above is the probable location of the encounter. Any updates will be included with this post. This sighting has been added to the Chicago Phantom / Owlman / Mothman / Man-Bat / Flying Humanoid Reports - Chicago Metro Area - Interactive Map
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