Chicago resident charged with trying to lure child in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD – A Chicago resident has been charged after allegedly attempting to lure a child in Brookfield on Saturday evening, police said.
Mykola Pototskyi, 27, of the 5300 block of Mayfield Avenue in Chicago was charged with two counts of child abduction and one count of aggravated assault with a vehicle, police said. Both charges are Class 4 felonies, police said.
A witness told officers that a charcoal-colored car was observed at Rockefeller and Hollywood avenues at about 7:12 p.m. Saturday with its hazard lights on; the driver was seen speaking with two children, ages 7 and 5, police said. The witness knew the children and approached the car, police said.
The driver took off westbound on Rockerfeller Avenue and then turned around and drove eastbound, police said. The car was seen traveling at a high rate of speed, but the witness was able to provide investigators with a partial license plate, police said.
Investigators learned that the driver offered to expose himself to one of the children, police said.
Brookfield officers received another call about a car driving recklessly southbound on Hollywood Avenue, police said. A witnesses provided the license plate number, which matched the partial number given in the previous incident, police said.
Several witnesses described the car and driver to investigators, police said. One witness said it looked as if the car had almost struck a pedestrian who was in the street at Rockefeller and Hollywood avenues, police said.
Witnesses picked Pototskyi's picture out of a photo lineup Sunday, police said. Pototskyi was arrested at his Chicago home later that day, police said.
Chicago police told Brookfield investigators that Pototskyi was involved in a DUI crash Saturday evening, police said. He was treated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and made bond Sunday morning in Chicago, police said.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved felony charges against Pototskyi on Monday evening, police said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has placed an immigration detainer on Pototskyi, police said. He was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Wednesday morning at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood, police said.