- Sunday January 13th, 2013 :: 03:11 p.m. CST
RPD-Arrest at RBHS.
RBHS Parents, Staff, Students, and Riverside Residents,
On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM, RPD Officers responded to a 911 call from the high school reporting a suspicious person walking around the school hallways which were closed to the public. At the time of the call, there was a swim meet taking place in the schools aquatic center and other events were going on within the school campus.
An alert RBHS security officer confronted the individual in the hallway asking him his purpose for being in the school. When he did not respond, police were called. They responded immediately.
When police arrived, they located the subject in the bleachers at the swim center and removed him to the hallway outside the arena. After questioning by police, he admitted that he was in the school to “look for boys to engage in a sex act with.”
He was immediately arrested and taken into police custody.
Police have charged the offender with criminal trespass to land, disorderly conduct and the RPD have filed a no bond warrant with the Illinois Department of Corrections as the suspect was out on parole at the time of his arrest. He had an electronic monitoring device strapped to his ankle when he was arrested.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel stated, “This is an extremely dangerous sexual predator we have in custody and I cannot stress enough the outstanding work done by Riverside Brookfield High School security staff. Without their quick confrontation of this subject and immediately calling the 911 center, we may have not been able to arrest this subject.”
More information will be released later today or early Monday in reference to this incident and arrest.
At no time did the suspect make contact with students and the suspect had no weapons.
RPD and RBHS staff wanted to notify the RBHS community as soon as possible once we had all the facts involving the case.
The subject that is being held by police has an address listed in Rockford, Illinois but had been paroled to an address in Chicago.
Riverside Police were assisted by the Lyons Police Department during this incident.
Chief of Police
Riverside Police Department
31 Riverside Rd
Riverside, IL 60546
160 Ridgewood Road
Riverside, IL 60546