Maywood man arrested in attempted child abductions

December 6, 2012

The Oak Park Police Department has released the following information:

A Maywood man with a lengthy arrest record has been charged in separate abduction attempts of two Oak Park students as they walked to school Wednesday morning, as well as an attack on a student in Chicago on Monday.

Shawn Stubblefield, 48, of the 1800 block of South 4th Ave. in Maywood, was charged today with one count of kidnapping and one count of child abduction for the Oak Park incidents. In addition, he was charged with two counts of kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred Monday morning in the 400 block of North Parkside Avenue in Chicago.

A bond hearing is expected to be held tomorrow in the Cook County Criminal Courts Building, 26th St. at California Avenue.

The Oak Park incidents, one at about 8:15 a.m. in the 100 block of South Taylor Avenue and the other less than a half hour later in the 700 block of South Home Avenue, involved a 16-year-old Oak Park and River Forest High School Student and a 13-year-old Brooks Middle School student. Each of the victims related similar accounts of being grabbed by an assailant. In both incidents, the victims screamed, pulled away and ran toward passing motorists who stopped, action police credit with likely helping to end the attacks.

Descriptions provided by the victims of the assailant and the vehicle he was believed to have been driving gave police sufficient information to quickly alert neighboring law enforcement agencies. Stubblefield was stopped on Madison Street in River Forest within minutes of the incidents after he was reported for driving erratically by an off-duty Maywood Police officer. River Forest Police, armed with a description of the vehicle and its driver provided by Oak Park, quickly made the connection.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley praised the actions of the motorists whose willingness to get involved likely stopped the attacks and the cooperation of multiple law enforcement jurisdictions that led to the speedy arrest of the suspect.

“The willingness of these two motorists to get involved when they saw a crime being committed is to be commended,” he said. “In addition, the excellent work performed by all the police agencies involved further underscores the importance of the unified spirit of cooperation that we have in the Chicago metro area.”

Tanksley also praised the victims for their presence of mind to get a good description of the suspect and his vehicle.

“The details of the descriptions of the suspect were key to our ability to get the word out quickly and find the suspect before he could get very far. These were brave young girls who met adversity with strength and poise. Their actions helped to take a dangerous predator off the streets.”