Man charged with trying to abduct boy, 2, from North Ave. beach
BY MONIFA THOMAS Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org July 2, 2011 9:14PM
Updated: July 6, 2011 1:31PM
A Southwest Side man has been charged with attempting to abduct a 2-year-old boy Saturday morning at North Avenue beach.
Tyrone Hill, 37, of the 6400 block of South Maplewood Avenue, was charged with one count of attempted aggravated kidnapping of a child under the age of 13 and unlawful restraint, according to a statement from police News Affairs.
Hill is accused of attempting to abduct a 2-year-old boy about 11 a.m. Saturday near a boathouse at North Avenue beach, police said.
The boy’s father told police he fought the alleged attempted abductor to get his child out of the other man’s arms.
“A 2-year-old child was out near the water, parents watching him as they should. A male subject came up to the child and started walking away with the child,” Chicago Police Cmdr. Leo Schmitz said.
The two men scuffled, and the father was able to get his child back. Hill allegedly fled on foot, but the father immediately gave the suspect’s description to a bike officer on the beach.
A “flash message” was sent to other officers, Schmitz said. The man was arrested about 150 yards from where the attempted abduction occurred.
Hill is expected to appear in bond court later Sunday.
Hill was previously convicted of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child when he was 16. The victim was 7-years-old at the time, according to information from the Illinois State Police.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire