Maywood man charged in attempted child abductions in Oak Park and Chicago


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Anna Lothson and Devin Rose

Staff Reporters

A 28-year-old Maywood man was charged Thursday with one count of kidnapping and one count of child abduction for separate abduction attempts of two Oak Park girls as they walked to school, the morning of Dec. 5.

Shawn Stubblefield, of the 1800 block of South Fourth Avenue in Maywood, was also charged by Chicago police in connection with an incident that occurred the morning of Dec. 3 in the 400 block of North Parkside Avenue in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. In that incident he was charged with two counts of kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal assault.

Stubblefield was booked into the Cook County Department of Corrections Friday. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

On Dec. 5 around 8:15 a.m., a 16-year-old OPRF High School student was walking in the 100 block of South Taylor Avenue when a man approached her, put his arm around her neck and started pulling her. The girl screamed and bit his finger before pulling away, police said. A passing motorist stopped and the suspect released his hold and walked away.

A 13-year-old was walking in the 700 block of Home Avenue about 25 minutes later on her way to Brooks Middle School when a man came up behind her and placed his hand over her mouth. She screamed and ran toward a passing motorist and the man fled.

Descriptions provided by the victims about the assailant and the vehicle he was driving gave police sufficient information to quickly alert neighboring law enforcement agencies.

Stubblefield was stopped on Madison Street in River Forest within minutes of the Oak Park incidents. An off-duty Maywood police officer reported a vehicle driving erratically, and River Forest Police, armed with a description of the vehicle and its driver provided by Oak Park, quickly made the connection, according to a statement from Oak Park police.

District 200 staff found out about these two incidents around noon on Dec. 5, as well as a third incident that had occurred the previous afternoon, said D200 spokeswoman Karin Sullivan. In the third incident, an OPRF High School student was walking home from a club meeting at the school when she realized she was being followed from Lake Street down Ridgeland Avenue. The girl went to Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., for safety, Sullivan said. A staff member there saw she was being followed as she approached the door and called police.

Principal Nathaniel Rouse announced that students would not be allowed off campus for lunch for the next two periods that afternoon.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley praised the actions of the motorists whose willingness to get involved likely stopped the attacks. He also lauded the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies that led to the speedy arrest of the suspect.

"The willingness of these two motorists to get involved when they saw a crime being committed is to be commended," he said in a news release. "In addition, the excellent work performed by all the police agencies involved further underscores the importance of the unified spirit of cooperation that we have in the Chicago metro area."

Tanksley praised the victims for their presence of mind in getting a good description of the suspect and his vehicle.

Stubblefield has previous felony convictions dating back to 2006, including possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and delivery of cannabis, forgery and theft.

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Ethnographer from Oak Park  

Posted: December 11th, 2012 11:26 AM

Grant Mansfield, Charlize Theron was born in South Africa, she is an African American.

Joe Cook from OP  

Posted: December 10th, 2012 7:59 PM

Why pay all this money to live in Oak Park? You can live in the Austin neighborhood for much much less. Give it a couple more years and the two places will be basically the same. You need to think long term when buying a home.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 10th, 2012 7:17 PM

It's 12/21/2012?! Like wow, man...Far out...

Grant Mansfield from Oak Park  

Posted: December 10th, 2012 2:06 PM

No need to report the race on any crimes - just assume that 95 percent are African American and you will be right. What exactly is an African American? Do you ever see German American or Irish American


Posted: December 10th, 2012 12:11 PM

Gee, I hope that number makes you better as violent crime continues to be a concern for Oak Park.


Posted: December 10th, 2012 10:07 AM

Crime at a 40 yr low in OP.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 9th, 2012 11:40 PM

The citizens deserve as much information and as soon as possible. Thats the point. Mistakes will be made. Safety is the important issue, especially for the defenseless.


Posted: December 9th, 2012 11:18 PM

Oops, I meant to say "per capita".

Bill from Forest Park  

Posted: December 9th, 2012 8:25 PM

"Oak Park DOES have the 3rd largest police of in IL. It's not a guess, it's a fact, do your research."???? Really, Villager, now you're just demonstrably wrong. Oak Park has 111. Aurora has 290 officers, Naperville has 173. Evanston has 163. Waukegan has 148. And there are numerous municipalities in IL much larger forces than Oak Park. You're giving advice on research?


Posted: December 9th, 2012 12:36 AM

I'm a parent, heres "one more poke at YOU", lol. you are also clueless about what CPD are doing... They have not put more cops on the ground. In fact Chicago's joke of a new mayor has lowered the number of cops. Do you even bother to research subjects and facts before you start typing nonsense?


Posted: December 9th, 2012 12:30 AM

I'm a parent, I see, so since you are such an expert, what exactly is YOUR police experience? The fact that you bring up SVU speaks more about you than me. Oak Park DOES have the 3rd largest police of in IL. It's not a guess, it's a fact, do your research.

I'm a parent too  

Posted: December 9th, 2012 12:21 AM last poke at you.If Oak Park is around the 25th larget city in IL, why do you guess it has the 3rd largest force ? So Evanston, State Police, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Schaumburg,Elgin....have smaller forces?

I'm a parent too  

Posted: December 9th, 2012 12:16 AM

At least now I'm confident that Village has no idea what he's talking about and his police experience is limited to SVU and First 48. Good luck with more patrols of more cops to deal with violent crime. CPDs doing the same thing right now. Guess you're on to something :)

TM from Chicago  

Posted: December 8th, 2012 7:04 PM

I'm glad they caught the jerk Oak Park is a great city that stays on top of things anything that don't look rite their on it ...Oh I love this community wish I could afford to live in Oak Park... you get what you pay for I hope they fry the sick bastard for messing with minors and im willing to bet this not the 1st time he done this he juat never got caught... I am a black woman that live in chicago I hate there is no protection like there is in the suburbs cause city cops are not nosey as them


Posted: December 8th, 2012 6:03 PM

Brian, Police make mistakes everyday. What does that have to do with the discussion on the WJ policy on crime info. Your point makes my point. If police put out bogus info regarding descriptions that they obtain, it does NO ONE any good. Your 2 examples of people wrongfully arrested were not arrested after anyone ID'd them based on witnesses descriptions. .

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 8th, 2012 5:33 AM

In both cases the police made a mistake. The killer was allowed to walk freely until that mistake was reversed. The citizens only protection is information as to the perpetrator. In this case, if,if he gets cut maybe we should have all information available to us,custody or not.

Jason from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:57 PM

I plan to move out of Oak Park. It has far too much violent crime for my family. Oak Park's location is its best feature and its worst draw back.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:50 PM

Brian, In both cases there was no descriptions given by witnesses. Im not sure what you are speaking about. Steve, the WJ does keep our community safer by alerting people of crime that is occurring and what to be aware of. Being aware of someone getting held up is more important to me than describing the persons hair, color and height, especially when the descriptions usually fit the likes of many in our community.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 2:48 PM

Gee: Kevin Fox spent time in jail waiting for a trial on a crime he did not commit. The murderer was at large and no one looked for him. Steve Linscott spent years time in prison before the case was over turned by a judge. Everyone stopped looking for the murderer.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 1:42 PM

The policy of the paper goes hand in hand with the public safety. They don't print descriptions when they should. If some one grabs my little girl and she gives a description, or if my wife is assaulted in our alley and gives a description, or if somebody sticks a gun in my ribs and I give a description, THE PAPER ACCORDING TO THEIR STATED POLICY SHOULD PRINT THE DESCRIPTION. They don't. End of story.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 1:29 PM

I guess I should refer to you as the policy police. You crack me up. Maybe if your argument was for the safety of the community instead of a meaningless paranoid observation, I would give you some credence.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 1:20 PM

Read what I write. I am not looking for a description to help find the suspects. I am pointing out the contradictory nature of the WJ's stated policy and how they actually carry out that policy. According to their policy they don't give the description because 1. the crime was not violent, 2. the suspect is caught or 3. the police department doesn't give them the information. The crimes I stated earlier were violent and the suspect is still at large. Why no description?


Posted: December 7th, 2012 1:09 PM

There have been studies and actual events in classes where they stage a crime and 3/4 of the people who witnessed it firsthand in the flesh get the description WRONG. Outside of clothing of which most perps change its not as easy as you may wish to find criminals based on limited descriptions that 100% of the human race fits.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 12:58 PM

What's the difference between the Wednesday Journal and Pravda? One publishes in English. By the way, I will answer your question when Dan Haley answers my question posted at 9:14 and 11:01 .


Posted: December 7th, 2012 12:51 PM

Brian, My reference was to the persons doing the crimes, not people who are suspects. You should know this after all your yrs in blue uniform. Steve STILL hasn't answered my question. If the paper has a policy of paying their employees on Monday and they pay them on Fri, does that affect you as well?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 11:47 AM

Gee: We dont know if the caught criminal committed the offense. See Kevin Fox,or better Steve Linscott.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 11:43 AM

Because this paper is MISLEADING YOU! If they refuse to follow their own stated policies, what other journalistic liberties are they taking? We just don't know. Personally, I would like to know if this paper is truly independent or are they the propaganda arm of the Village of Oak Park.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 11:32 AM

Steve, and why does it concern YOU so much as to when and how the paper makes and follows its own internal policies? My original question remains. Would any of these criminals be caught IF they published the descriptions? Again, I will wait for your non answer.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 11:01 AM

Golly Gee, this paper's own stated policy is NOT BEING FOLLOWED. The crimes I illustrated are violent and the suspects are still free in our community and they still DO NOT print descriptions in contradiction to their own stated policy! Is that clear enough?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 10:10 AM

Violetta: It is not a question of how fast the police r. The question is r the uniform police involved in the clear up process of the offense,not the speed to the service call. R the uniform police involved w/the id of the criminal off. unk. to the victim?Can upper management lead using their investigative success cases? Can upper management lead? Box on daily activity sheet for pkg tickets. No box to take credit for closed criminal cases. No victims contacted for a written police evaluation


Posted: December 7th, 2012 10:01 AM

Steve, when you have a newspaper you can make your own policies as well. They make decisions just like you in your own daily life. So the answer to my question is..................

Tolerant from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 9:55 AM

Who are we to impose OUR morality on this man? Obviously his idea of what is right and wrong is different than ours, but why should we impose our antiquated views of morality on him?

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 9:14 AM

I question the stated policy of the Wednesday Journal: "We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest." All I have done is illustrate violent crimes where the suspects are still at large. I ask Dan Haley to explain why despite his clearly stated policy, he doesn't print descriptions in these crimes.

Bill from Forest Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:45 AM

Villager: I know you think you know what you're talking about. But I might respect your opinions more if you didn't make clueless comments referring to police spending their time dealing with parking violations. The police DON'T deal with parking violations. Haven't for years. Read the papers. And you still haven't answered where the money would come for all your extra cops. Seeing as OP already spends around $1.4 million monthly on police. Mull that over after you're done giggling.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:40 AM

Steve, If you had the basic descriptions of these offenders, would these criminals be caught? Whats your point?

Violetta from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:39 AM

I'm confused about the comments about ineffective OP police--every time I've called them for something, they've come within two minutes. I've found them incredibly responsive. What am I missing?

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:03 AM

Dan Haley, are these not serious crimes? Are the suspects still at large? What information did the police supply you with? Is the Wednesday Journal or the Police editing the reports?


Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:01 AM

A man was approached from behind in an alley in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue the night of Oct. 12 by an unknown man who grabbed him around the neck and attempted to punch him and throw him to the ground. The offender implied he had a gun and demanded the contents of the victim's pockets. The offender then removed $20 in cash and an iPod Nano before he fled on foot. Estimated loss is $135.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:01 AM

An unknown man approached another man in the 1100 block of Wesley Avenue the night of Oct. 10, displayed a gun and demanded the man drop his iPhone. The victim complied and fled the scene. Estimated loss is $500.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:00 AM

An unknown man rang the doorbell of a resident in the 600 block of South Humphrey Avenue the evening of Oct. 12, and asked if he could rake leaves. When the resident declined, he and another man pushed their way into the home and demanded money. The resident and another man at the home complied and handed them cash. The offenders also removed an Apple Macbook laptop computer before leaving through the rear. Estimated loss is $2,220.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 8:00 AM

A man came into the 7-Eleven in the 600 block of South Boulevard the early morning of Oct. 22, said he had a gun and demanded money from the registers. The employee placed both register tills on the counter and the offender removed the currency. Estimated loss is $100.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 7:59 AM

A cab driver told police he picked up a man in Chicago and was told to drive to Oak Park the early morning of Oct. 22. The driver was guided to Ashland Avenue and Madison Street in River Forest, where the man threatened the driver with a closed knife and demanded money. He also said he had a gun that he would use if necessary. The driver said he had no money and the offender fled the cab on foot. The suspect's knife was recovered from the cab.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 7:59 AM

An unknown man approached two Oak Park juveniles from the rear, the evening of Nov. 20, in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue, displayed a semi-automatic pistol and demanded their property. One of the victims complied and handed over his HTC cellphone before the offender fled on foot and entered a black Cadillac Escalade. Estimated loss is $150.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 7:58 AM

Mr. Haley, your policy states "We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest." Let's take a look at the last month's police blotter as reported by you...

Another OP Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2012 1:10 AM

For those questioning WJ policy on crime descriptions, I don't really trust WJ as a reliable source of info in general. For example, it looks like someone got the age of the accused off by 20 years. The accused sure does look a lot younger than 48 as reported in this news version!


Posted: December 6th, 2012 11:53 PM

Im a parent too, I know what the chief was talking about, but none the less the general message is that description are important, I'm surprised you don't see that. "More patrols" means more cops on the street, focusing on violent crime as oppose to parking violations etc... This does not limit police to specific areas, but it does mean having more cops on the street. Oak Park has the 3rd largest force in illinois, I'm sure resources can focused, as can funding from the village.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 11:44 PM

Bill, I'll try and make THIS simple for you. The more cops the better. The more cops on the street watching for criminals and not parking meters, the better. The village throws money at granite side walks and brick paved street... millions have been spent on the failed Madison plan... money that could go towards creating a more comprehensive police force. It seems YOU should think a little more, as oppose to being complacent with maintaining the status quo. LOL!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 9:40 PM

Kudos to Chief Tanksley and his officers for their usual quick response. Kudos to D97 and OPRF for immediately communicating with the public and taking steps to close the building to reduce risk. Kudos to the WJ for having a clear policy of when and how suspects are identified and following the policy.

Im a parent too  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 9:00 PM

@ Villager, what is "more patrols?" More officers, making them patrol and predetermined route...whatever you are meaning to say, it is not nearly as simple as you think it is. One person driving in circles can give the impression of heavy police presence. But their circles mean some place else isn't being patrolled...decisions decisions

Im a parent too  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 8:49 PM

Chief Tanskley is referring to descriptions being given to the police via the victims/witnesses soon after a crime...not WJ publishing a description for you to talk about over coffee at Eastgate or Caribou.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 8:39 PM

The $300k the library is going to spend on a needless remodel could pay a cop's salary for a couple years.

Bill from Forest Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 7:47 PM

To Villager:''Let me make this simple for you, Mr. lol. If you think the cops are usually "minutes away" when "seconds count," tell us all, rationally and in detail, just how many extra cops would solve that problem. An extra 50 percent?Twice an many? More? At around $75,000 a year in salary, benefits and related costs, not mentioning pension pay outs, just for rookies, with quickly escalating pay the first four years. You need to laugh a bit less and think a bit more, V. If you're able.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 7:30 PM

Yeah Bill, I thought it was pretty cleaver, lol. I would have the police do more patrols. Maybe you need to pull your head out of the sand and realize that putting more resources into fighting the serious crime in the village, as oppose to spending so much energy on things like parking enforcement, is a lot more important. Oh, and yeah, "grow up", lol.

RF parent from River Forest  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 6:55 PM

The community can pressure on prosecuting and subsequently (hopefully) sentencing this guy by showing up to the court dates!

S Weaver  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 6:07 PM

I wish people who are commenting here would stop calling those who commit vicious crimes against humans "animals." Animals don't do things like this. It is an insult to animals. So please stop. Call them what they truly are....THUGS, LOWLIFES, SCUMS OF THE EARTH, etc.

Glass Half Full  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 6:00 PM

Well, the good news is that the absurdly high property taxes ensure perps like this could never live here. Raise the taxes some more to build more prisons.

Bill from Forest Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 4:32 PM

To "Villager": "When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away." Really? Is that supposed to be cleaver or add to the discussion? What's your alternative? Having a cop literally seconds away on every corner? Or every other corner? Listen to the dispatch tapes if you think the cops were dogging it here. This was a stellar law enforcement response involving cops in three towns tracking down a guy in a car. Grow up.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 4:18 PM

Descriptions of offenders rarely help catch offenders. We knew what OBL looked like and we couldnt find him for over 10 yrs.

Oak Parker from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 3:53 PM

It may be that not revealing a suspect's race, especially if he is a Black male, may have to do with the fact that OFTEN the descriptions are so generic that every Black male will be suspect. Last year that there was a description of a perpetrator that did not even come close to being accurate ?" but described probably %uFFFD of the Black men in town. How many will be victims of wackos being "heroes" (Treyvon Martin case) because of some generic description that fits them, but not the true suspect?

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 3:51 PM

Folks - This is a serious and troubling crime that hit home in Austin and in Oak Park - two communities we cover. Certainly agree with commenters and with Chief Tanksley about the bravery and the smarts of the young people attacked and give full credit to the passing Oak Park motorists who intervened, and the good work of police officers involved. There is, again, a fair amount of discussion here about the Journal's policies on publishing physical descriptions. Let me start by taking you through the sequence of events on the three stories we have published on this over the past 30 hours. Our first story, posted midday on Wednesday, did not include a physical description of the suspect or of a vehicle because we had not been provided such a description. In the late afternoon on Wednesday we posted a new story reporting police had a person of interest in custody. We still did not have a physical description and we would not have published it if we did because the suspect was already in police custody. This morning we posted the story that the suspect had been identified and charges brought. And, as we frequently do in the case of a serious crime, we posted the mug shot provided us this morning by police. Here's the Journal's policy on publishing physical descriptions and identifying by race. It runs at the bottom of the crime blotter each week in print and also online: "We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest." You can agree or disagree with our policy but that is where we are on a complex issue after years of community journalism work and much discussion.

Joe Coffey  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 3:27 PM

I think most of the posters here assume that the torture-ready perp was black, so perhaps that description was superfluous. And let's let capitalism be. Don't like WJ? Go elsewhere for news! If enough do, maybe WJ will change its policy. Then we can have our suspicions that all OP criminals are black confirmed.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 3:26 PM

If he makes bail or is released after time served and he's on my street, by my kids' school or around a playground, now I'll know. Thanks, WJ.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 3:05 PM

When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:56 PM

RobertWeir, perhaps you should re-read my comment before posting such a ridiculous response.

Robert Weir from oak park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:47 PM

Concerned Parent - the system did not fail this "child" failed the innocent victims, along with the taxpayers required to fund a police force that has to deal with this type of garbage. Quit trying to defend this kind of crap.

OP Dad  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:40 PM

Proud OP Parent, but race IS descriptive. It's not the entire description, but it's a piece of it. Why omit anything when residents are expected to look out for others and themselves? The police can't be and aren't everywhere, so we deserve to have the ability to arm ourselves with as much info as possible. Taking a piece of description away is irresponsible to say the least.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:33 PM

Give me the description of the suspect and vehicle BEFORE they are caught. I don't need to see a picture of the guy AFTER he is caught. That just defies reason.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:31 PM

It's upsetting that this known offender with a "lengthy record" was allowed to be wandering around in the first place. Our system failed that child in Austin. Are we to assume that he's also responsible for the following incident on Tuesday evening with an OPRF student on Ridgeland?

sad citizen  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:25 PM

I saw the police pulling him over on my way to work, and every officer in forest park showed up. I was wondering what he did to have so many cops on him, now that I know, im glad! They wasted no time getting to the scene to arrest this guy! Kudos!

Proud Oak Park Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:22 PM

Of course we need an accurate description ASAP (however race isn't exactly entirely descriptive is it?). My point for the "KKK" post -- they are barking up the wrong tree. This is about a terrible man and his despicable behavior regardless of race. Again, kudos to our community and kudos to the police departments for working together to catch this monster.

A. Parent  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 2:21 PM

Couldn't the WJ have at least released a description of the car so neighbors could be aware?. Also, I'm always amazed how many parents allow their Distr. 97 students to walk ALONE to/from school. We've had two hold ups at gun point on 800 blocks of Home and Wenonah in recent years. Kids need to learn to be independent, but this isn't Mayberry, folks. All kids need to walk in groups, even high school students. Sad reality.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:59 PM

I'm talking about a trend in the reporting, not this specific situation where the person is already caught. My response is to the individuals who think it's fine to leave out descriptive details when the criminal is still at large, because they think releasing the color of the criminal is somehow racist. In most cases, without describing race, that 6 foot, 190lb guy with short dark hair could be Caucasian, Chinese, Hispanic, Indian...


Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:52 PM

... on the street because the color of the person was unknown... we could be looking at kidnapped and abused victim, or worse, dead ones. I don't care what color a criminal is, but I do want all the information, and not just bits and pieces.

RLM from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:51 PM

As a parent of a Brooks Middle Schooler who walks that route every day; I'm glad this idiot was caught. The description wasn't necessary, all of the incidents happened within 1 hour and he was immediately caught. And guess what? He matched the description in the Chicago case. Which was KNOWN AND BROADCAST on Monday night/all day on Tuesday. As a worried parent I want to compliment D200 and D97 for the EXCELLENT communication around this issue.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:49 PM

John, if the "color/race" of the "perp" (one of many possible descriptive details) was not reported to the police, there is a very good chance that it would have taken longer to catch the lowlife, or he would have gotten away all together. It is political, counterproductive and irresponsible to omit descriptions that can help to identify criminals just for the sake of not wanting to come across as discriminatory to a few overly sensitive individuals. Imagine if this creep had a few more days...

Hold the WJ Accountable When They Deserve It  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:43 PM

Under normal circumstances, I would agree that the WJ purposely leaves descriptions blank due to political correctness issues. In this case though, I have to take their side. A picture of the guy accompanies this story, and if any of you would take the time to read you would note that the RF Officer made the connection based upon the description of the vehicle and the driver. Since the incident had just occurred and the guy was under arrest, what is the need to do any further?

Robert Weir from oak park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:41 PM

Proud Oak Park Parent - Regarding your comment about all colors/races, doesn't that make it even more important to release this information? Bottom line...we all know the reason this info wasn't released, some folks just choose to ignore reality under the guise of political correctness.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:38 PM

I figured it out! By not giving a description, this guy thinks he has it made in the shade. So he continues to victimize children until he gets caught! A description may have chased him away, and the crime would have been unsolved. An admirable strategy. By the way, if the description was broadcast, maybe a few of these children would not have been assaulted in the first place.

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:30 PM

Kudos to all Police involved, to the girls who had the presence of mind to seek help, the parents who taught them well & to those in the community who assisted. Now, lock up & torture this cretin. No bail. Hopefully he'll get his in his new "village" once his crimes are learned. Yes, bring back the death penalty. When used for something like this, it is indeed the most humane thing to do. This perp can't be rehabbed.

Proud Oak Park Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:11 PM

To the insensitive individual that posted from a KKK log-in. Your hatred has no place here and certainly no place in our community. We all know that animals come in all shapes and all colors, so don't convince yourself otherwise. This attempt and crime was unspeakable and horrific regardless of what this sick animal's race was. I'm so proud of the smart, strong, brave young women that we're raising in this community. It takes a village and this is a perfect example of why I live here!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:05 PM

If the perps color/race was broadcast, would he have been captured sooner? Seems not!


Posted: December 6th, 2012 1:03 PM

Well done to the girls for thinking fast. And it is wonderful to know that people driving by also were thinking and acting to help the kids. Not what we want to happen to our kids, but great to see the abiilty to get through a tough situation.

Lisa from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:54 PM

As a victim of crime in Oak Park, the ability for the victim to give a description right after the crime to the police gives them a head start to catch the criminal. You can scare some criminals away by broadcasting too much information too soon. In my case, they did not catch the guy, but I am so happy they got this one...he was so clueless, he was still driving in the nearby vicinity of the crimes...Good job to all that helped catch this person. I hope he is locked up for a long time to come.

Rachel Pildis from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:53 PM

Don't forget to thank the girls for thinking fast about the best way to get out of a bad situation and being able to identify the suspect!


Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:46 PM

Great work by the Maywood cop & RF police department. I wish I could say the same for the OP PD. Maybe if they actually patroled they could prevent these things from happening in the 1st place.


Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:42 PM

I see the WJ still refuses to tell us what the suspect's race is.

Also concerned parent  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:41 PM

and throw away the key!


Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:32 PM

Tanksley talks about the importance of descriptions when trying to catch criminals, yet so many reports on crimes here refuse to provide descriptions to the public. Why?

Grateful parent  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:28 PM

Thank you to the Maywood, Oak Park, River Forest and Chicago police departments for coordinating efforts, District 97 for keeping us informed with immediate updates, WJ for publishing this photo and the brave bystanders who got involved to help protect the girls. Talk about a teachable moment for the kids. I'm so sorry for the victims involved here.

Concerned parent  

Posted: December 6th, 2012 12:22 PM

Lock this animal up forever!

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