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City workers who rescued boy from alleged kidnapping saw ‘fear all over his face’

George Graves. Photo/Chicago Police

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Updated: July 9, 2013 6:12AM

City Streets and Sanitation workers Alfreda Clark and Mary Baggett were surveying empty lots from their SUV when they saw a little boy run out of an alley and duck between two abandoned buildings.

They drove over, intending to chastise the 10-year-old boy for being near the abandoned buildings.

“Then I looked at the little boy and saw he had fear all over his face,” Clark said. “I asked him if he was all right, and he said ‘He’s chasing me.’ That’s when I saw the guy come out of the alley, and I told the little boy get in the car.”

Clark and Baggett’s intervention Thursday led to the arrest of a construction worker, who was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Friday for allegedly trying to kidnap the 10-year-old boy as he made his way to his South Side school.

“They’re my ‘Sheroes,’ that’s what I call them,” the boy’s father, Sherman Creed said of the two city workers. “They saved my son.”

Creed also gave his son some credit. “I always told him if anybody’s walking behind, run real fast and find a place to hide.”

That’s what happened Thursday morning when the boy was crossing through an alley at Morgan and Sangamon. When he went down to tie his shoe, he looked up and allegedly saw 57-year-old George Graves coming toward him, Cook County prosecutors said..

The boy ran and saw Graves reaching for him, Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said.

He was able to escape and hid between two vacant buildings, and that’s when the two city workers saw him and placed the boy inside their work vehicle for safety.

The women both took a good look at the man before they drove off.

“Are you sure that’s the man?” Baggett said she asked the boy, who responded “I’m sure.”

“That’s when I dialed 911,” Baggett said.

Both women spoke to reporters at the 7th District police station in Englewood.

Within minutes, police arrested the suspect. He was identified by the boy and the city workers as the attempted kidnapper, authorities said.

Graves, of the 7100 block of South Morgan, has two drug convictions. He also has a 1985 conviction for a domestic battery to a child.

The father of five “vehemently denies” the allegations, an assistant public defender said.

The two city workers said they don’t consider themselves heroes.

But Baggett said: “I’m proud to be able to say I saved a child’s life and not see his face on the news as someone who was lost.”

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