Father saves son from kidnapping on beach

Man arrested for attempted aggravated kidnapping. Chicago Police Department photo

Armando Uvalle (30) was on the beach with his family when a convicted child molester, Tyrone Hill (37), brazenly scooped up Uvalle’s 2 year old son (who was inches away from his father) and started walking away with him. Uvalle chased the man down and snatched his son back.

Armando Uvalle said he had noticed the slender man standing a few yards behind him with a briefcase and a bag as Uvalle watched his six children playing near the water at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach. Uvalle thought the man seemed strange, particularly since he seemed to mutter to himself.

Uvalle had been watching his children play with his wife, parents and brother and sister-in-law nearby.

The father and police said 2 year old Isaiah was only a few inches from his father when the mumbling stranger, a convicted child molester named Tyrone Hill, grabbed the toddler and carried the boy down the beach at a fast walk. He didn’t get far before the boy’s father grabbed him back.

Uvalle said “I didn’t think about it, I just grabbed (Isaiah)…I told (the man): ‘You’re lucky I don’t beat your ass.’”

Uvalle (still carrying his son)  flagged down a police officer standing a few feet away. Other officers who had been given his description caught Hill down the beach.

Hill was ordered held without bond on charges of attempted aggravated kidnapping and unlawful restraint. His public defender claims that Hill is schizophrenic, and Hill was to be placed in the hospital of  Cook County Jail.

Uvalle said of his children “We always watch them close. Now we got to watch them closer.” Isaiah seemed none the worse for his ordeal Sunday afternoon; he was only taken for a few seconds, and even then, the boy didn’t cry, his father said.

During a news conference at the beach Saturday night, police Commander Leo Schmitz of the gang enforcement unit praised the Uvalles for keeping a close eye on their children at the beach and for alerting police quickly.

Hill had been convicted the aggravated criminal sexual assault of a 7-year-old in 2001 (a case charged in 1997) and in 2010 for failure to register as a sex offender, according to court records and prosecutors. The Illinois State Sex Offender Registry officially lists Hill as “non-compliant” for not providing accurate registration records.

Source:  Chicago Tribune