Good Samaritans foil sex offender's kidnap of chils

'Good Samaritans' tackled Kevin Sorensen after he grabbed a 4-year-old at a Woodstock, Illinois, park.
'Good Samaritans' tackled Kevin Sorensen after he grabbed a 4-year-old at a Woodstock, Illinois, park.

Three 'good Samaritans' have crash-tackled a convicted child-sex offender as he attempted to snatch a 4-year-old boy off his pushbike in a Illinois park.

Fox 32 reports the boy was playing with friends shortly after noon in the suburb of Woodstock north-west of Chicago yesterday.

Witnesses saw a man approach the boy and pull him off his bicycle before hefting him over his shoulder and attempting to run off.

"He was riding it up and down the street for a while but the guy came out of nowhere and we saw him sprinting I was confused and said I think he's going to go after the kid I actually said that, my parents got up and saw him," Cat Ramirez told Fox 32 and Chicago's WGN9.

"He picked the kid up and was pulling him this way, pulling his pants down."

"I was super-scared, disgusted. I was shaking ... going to cry," her sister Mikayla added.

Three men decided to act.

Cat and Mikayla's father gave chase and confronted the man as two painters who were driving by at the time responded to shouts for help.

The playground in Woodstock, Illinois, where the attempted abduction occurred. Source:Supplied
The playground in Woodstock, Illinois, where the attempted abduction occurred. Source:Supplied

After pursuing 39-year-old Kevin Sorensen, the men forced him to the ground.

They "physically freed the boy from the man and restrained him," police said.

"My dad asked him why he did it and he said Satan told him to," Cat said.

The three had to be physically pulled from the attacker by officers who responded to the emergency call.

Initially, the police thought they were brawling.

But the circumstances were soon cleared up.

"Because of the quick, heroic actions of the good Samaritans, responding officers and detectives, the child was not physically injured," Police Chief John Lieb said in a statement.

Sorensen was found to have been convicted of child-sex offences in 1969, though he was "no longer required to be registered as such", he added.

Sorensen has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery, along with unlawful restraint and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He is being held in prison to await a bail hearing.

News Corp Australia

Topics:  crime good samaritan kidnap sex offender

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sex tape sequel: Man caught on camera slapped with penalty

SEX SLAVES: Human trafficking will be discussed at the upcoming Splendour Immerse Women Conference at Gayndah's ACC Church. Photo Brandon Livesay / Central & North Burnett Times

Offender exposed himself on pool table in beer garden

Your snaps could help us understand artesian springs

Travel snaps of Great Artesian Basin springs could help the government document their unique ecosystems.

Holiday snaps could help government protect springs

Severe fire danger warning for Darling Downs regions

Rural firefighters keep watch on a multi agency controlled burn which blanketed parts of Warwick in smoke.

Hot and dry air mass to create severe fire danger conditions

Local Partners

Survivor twist bound to shock

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor, but will everyone be happy? She’s bracing for a viewer backlash.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

A prince is sailing around the Whitsundays

Prince of Denmark Frederik is racing on Wild Oats in the Whitsundays.

Rumours circulating about where the princess is

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

Singer Taylor Swift has deleted her social media accounts

Social media wipeout prompts rumours of a new album

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

How we got a rental straight away on the Coast

Rita and David Allara, moved down from Townsville, paid three months up front rent to secure the place at flash new unit block in Kings Beach.

Genius move helps secure rental property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!