Armando Uvalle describes how his son was almost abducted by a sex offender on North Avenue Beach on Saturday.
Police are commending a watchful father and their own officers after a man allegedly tried to abduct a 2-year-old boy, right in front of his parents.
It happened around 11 a.m. Saturday, near the North Avenue Beach boathouse.
"A man just turns around and grabs my kid out of nowhere," the boy's father, Armando Uvalle said.
Uvalle said the man quickly started walking away, but he was up and after them in a second.
"I told him, just get away from my kid," said Uvalle, who grabbed his 2-year-old boy, Isaiah, back from the man.
The man tried to run away, but Uvalle flagged down a bicycle officer, who quickly sent out a description to other nearby police. They arrested Tyrone Hill, 37, about 150 yards away.
Police commended the parents of the boy for their quick thinking, as well as officers on the beach for tracking down the suspect.
"The officers did an excellent job," Chicago Police Commander Leo Schmitz said.
Hill, who lives in the 6400 block of South Maplewood Avenue, was charged with attempted aggravated kidnapping of a child under 13, and one count of unlawful restraint. In court on Sunday, his bond was denied.
Hill is listed as a "non-compliant" sex offender on Illinois' registry. He was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in 2010, and was on probation for that when he was arrested Sunday. The sex offender registry states Hill has a previous conviction for aggravated criminal sexual assault of a 7-year-old child.
His public defender on Sunday said Hill has schizophrenia and asked that he be sent to Cermak Hospital at Cook County Jail, to which the judge agreed.