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.

Remarkable ring recoveries inspire woman's own plea

APPEAL: Inspired by miraculous recovery stories, Dalby's Katrina Reed has gone public with an appeal to find her husband Scott Reed's ring (inset).

And now she's turning to social media for help

Tara cadets standing proud

JOB WELL DONE: Tara Emergency Cadets at the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

Cadets recognised for a job well done

Dawn just loves to dance

POISE AND GRACE: 14-year-old Dawn Love has been learning ballet for two years and recently excelled during her AOTD exams.

Miles teen aces dance exams.

Local Partners

On the road to glory

Chinchilla's Dan and Tara Czislowski have been racing for just a year, but they're on the verge of being crowned Australia's offroad superlite king and queen.

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

Dancers show off skills at Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Milla Rowbotham and Rebecca Gill from All Star Dance Academy .Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Empire Theatre. August 2017

Poems and dances dominated the 72nd City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

TAYLOR Swift has completely disappeared off social media — and her fans don’t know what to think.

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

Aboriginal artists' call to action

Anwar Young, winner of this year's overall prize and last year's young artist prize.

Important messages of survival and healing

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Valene Kane, Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer star in the TV series The Other Guy.

First foray into acting a long time in the making

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

Liz Hurley, 52, has never looked better

She’s definitely not shy to pose in a bikini.

Life in your 50s has never looked as good as it does on Liz Hurley.

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!