Man charged with child abduction in Oak Park

Glen Ellyn man allegedly pulled 15-year-old girl into bushes

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

A quick-thinking father of a teenage girl helped Oak Park police nab a Glen Ellyn man around 9 p.m. Tuesday who had earlier grabbed his 15-year-old daughter by the wrist and attempted to pull her into the bushes in the 600 block of south Ridgeland Avenue, police said.

Police arrested Damian H. Skoczylas, 21, in the 400 block of Madison Street, after the victim was able to break free from his grasp two blocks south near the Longfellow Park basketball courts, said Commander LaDon Reynolds.

The victim told police Skoczylas passed her as she walked north on the east side of Ridgeland and muttered to her, "Give me a show. You should give me a show." She said he then lit a cigarette and continued to talk loudly to himself. He then stopped and when she reached Adams Street he allegedly grabbed her by the wrist and yanked her off the sidewalk into a hedge of bushes shouting "you w----, you b---, fine don't give me a show!"

The girl screamed for help, alerting a passerby who called police.

"The quick action of officers who were in the area and on the scene almost immediately helped avert a horrific crime from occurring," Reynolds said.

The girl's father also appeared on the scene and pointed out Skoczylas walking two blocks north. The victim identified him as the man who had grabbed her wrist.

Reynolds said Skoczylas denied grabbing anyone and said he was in the area to catch the Metra train. Police said he was possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs and said he had consumed beer.

Skoczylas was charged with felony child abduction and felony unlawful restraint. Police transported him to Cook County Jail.




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joe from south oak park  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 11:31 PM

This out of the suntimes from 7-28. Man arrested after 'bizarre' and 'irrational' behavior around minors. There are some really sick people out there.

Winter Skye  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 9:59 AM

@Muriel: Are you serious? Comments like that are very alarming to me. Obviously he has some sort of mental imbalance! Was he abused when he was young and is acting it out? Does he have a substance abuse issue? What is a "task force" gonna do? I can't think of a more useless thing on this planet than a task force or a think tank. It's actually being usurped by the Hidden Hand to exert more CONTROL over the populace. You know, like the fake "Ebola" hysteria...?

Joe from South oak park  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 12:25 AM

There are always going to be folks out there who are more than happy to use violence to take what they want from others. Quick response by the bystander and father combined with great police response time, resulted in a good outcome. Now hopefully the court system doesn't drop the ball and let this guy plead out to a lesser battery charge.

muriel schnierow from OakPark  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 9:18 PM

does he have criminal history? or mental illness? were there red flags? we need a Task Force on Violent Crime with a sub study of psychopathy etc and how to prevent these crimes.

Island Dweller   

Posted: July 31st, 2014 8:44 PM

regardless of race or economic situation, this thug, or any other thug, deserves to get the book thrown at him. There is nothing worse than crimes against children. It doesn't matter if it's this guy, or Demarko who took a family hostage, or some purple being? through them all in jail for as long as possible, because anyone who causes harm to children deserve the most severe penalties. Equality for all sickos and monsters regardless of race!

OP Res 253  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 11:46 AM

Let's see if @whole picture et al, chime in about his underprivileged life being an excuse for his actions. No weapon involved, no theft perpetrated, no hostage taking. Kid was a COD (according to FB page) student. Let the excuses for bad behavior begin. Or do Eastern Europeans not get the "Oak Park pass"?

Joe from South oak park  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 11:20 AM

Wow, that's some scary stuff. Luckily, everyone will be ok and this knucklehead will likely be spending some time behind bars.

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