By Jean Lotus
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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