MAN CHARGED IN ATTEMPT TO ABDUCT
Friday, October 8, 2010— A Cook County judge today ordered a Chicago man to be held on house arrest while awaiting trial on charges that he attempted to abduct a 12-year-old girl while she walked home from school, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Friday.
Dillard Williams, 18, is charged with attempted predatory criminal sexual assault, attempted kidnapping and child abduction. Cook County Judge James Shapiro today set bond at $100,000, but then said Williams should be placed on electronic monitoring. If Williams is able to come up with 10 percent of his bond, the monitor can be removed.
The victim, who lives in unincorporated Leyden Township, was walking home from school around 5 p.m. Wednesday near Fullerton Avenue and Mannheim Road when she was approached by Williams.
Williams, who lives in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street in Chicago, had recently been staying with relatives in the Lido Motel, 2415 N. Mannheim Rd. in Franklin Park. That motel has been at the center of numerous drug, gang and prostitution investigations carried out by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office over the last two years.
Williams asked the girl for her name and though she attempted to ignore him, he put his arm around her, made sexual advances and told her to come into his motel room. She then broke free of Williams and ran down the block, but Williams pursued her.
A neighbor saw Williams chasing the victim and ordered Williams to leave her alone. Williams then returned to his motel room and the girl was able to get to her home. The same neighbor then later saw Williams and another man leave the motel and begin walking down Mannheim Road. The neighbor alerted investigating Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officers to Williams’ location and he was arrested. The victim and neighbor were later able to positively identify Williams, who provided a written statement to investigators, admitting to his actions.
Williams appeared before Shapiro on Friday. An assistant state’s attorney requested Williams be held on $400,000 bond, but Shapiro allowed him to be placed on house arrest, after a request was made by Williams’ attorney. His next court date is set for Oct. 12.
It is not yet known where Williams will be held on house arrest, but an investigation will be conducted before placement, ensuring a working telephone is available for contact.