- Sunday January 13th, 2013 :: 04:28 p.m. CST
RPD-Update on RBHS Arrest.
Riverside Police Arrest Intruder at High School
Saturday School Event-School Was Not In Session
A Rockford man is in police custody after a Riverside Brookfield High School security staff member reported a suspicious person walking the hallways during a school swim meet on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Riverside Police received a call at 9:45 AM reporting that a man had been confronted in a hallway that was closed and off-limits at the time of the swim meet by security staff. At the time of the call, there was a boys swimming competition taking place in the pool area at the high school. In addition, there were other sporting events taking place within the school.
When police arrived, they observed the subject, who was wearing a white shirt and had a duffel bag strapped across his chest, sitting in the bleachers and watching the swimming competition. When officers approached the individual and asked him what he was doing in the school, he initially told them that he had kids that were competing in the swimming event. When officers asked the subject for the names of his children, he paused and then refused to answer. Police then escorted the individual from the bleacher area at the pool area to a hallway immediately adjacent to the complex.
When he was asked for identification, he produced a driver’s license indicating that he resided in Rockford, Illinois. He was identified as Lawrence E. Adamczyk, 49, and he told police that he originally had taken the train from Chicago to Riverside, got off the train, and started walking west towards the Brookfield Zoo. His original intent was to go to the Brookfield Zoo and look for young boys to have sex with. However, when he walked by the front of the high school on Ridgewood Road, he received a brainwave message from Hollywood recording artist Justin Bieber telling them to go to the school to see the kids.
Mr. Adamczyk was immediately taken into custody and transported to the police station. Once in police custody, officers determined that he should be evaluated by medical personnel and was transported to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. After being evaluated by Berwyn hospital staff, Mr. Adamczyk was released back into police custody four hours after the initial call. While in police custody, Mr. Adamczyk stated that he intended on looking for a boy who would have perform a sex act with him. He went on went to say that he had, in fact, had been masturbating while watching the boys swimming event before police arrived. Mr. Adamczyk made several other intensely sexual statements involving young boys to Riverside Police investigators that are simply too graphic to include in a public statement. No contact was made with any student and the suspect was not armed.
Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel stated, “Mr. Adamczyk has several prior arrests including an indication on his current parole status that he had prior sex offenses. At the time of his arrest in Riverside, Mr. Adamczyk was on electronic monitoring and had been paroled in December 2012 for an arrest that took place in St. Charles, Illinois in July of 2011. In the St. Charles case he commited a sex act at a fitness center. He had also been arrested for similar crimes at a high school in Rockford, Illinois in 2009 and the Northern Illinois University Campus in 2005.”
Chief Weitzel went on to say, “I cannot understand how this individual was not required to register as a sex offender. I ordered my personnel to contact the Illinois Department of Corrections and request his parole status be revoked due to this arrest in Riverside. At 7 PM on Saturday January 12th, 2013, Mr. Adamczyk’s parole was revoked and the Riverside Police Department received a parole warrant authorizing them to place a no bond hold on Mr. Adamczyk.”
Riverside Police charged Mr. Adamczyk with one count of criminal trespass to land, one count of disorderly conduct and are holding the individual for Monday bond court hearing. At that time RPD will lodge the no bond warrant issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Chief Weitzel commented, “His intent was clear not only did he intend to enter the high school to locate a young male to victimize but if he was unsuccessful, he was prepared to walk half a block north to the Brookfield Zoo and look for an additional young boy to victimize. I am extremely grateful that the Riverside Brookfield High School security officer reported this individual as a suspicious person to the Police Department and that the officers responded quickly to take the subject into custody. Riverside Police were assisted in the arrest by the Lyons Police Department.”
Coincidently, the Riverside Police Department had just completed a lockdown/safety drill at Riverside Brookfield High School on Friday, January 11, 2013. This same type of incident was acted out in a live training exercise on school premises during school hours. Participating in this drill, in addition to the Riverside Police Department, was the Brookfield Police Department, Brookfield Zoo Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, Countryside Police Department, La Grange Police Department, Lyons Police Department, McCook Police Department, North Riverside Police Department and District 208 staff members and observers from La Grange Township High School.
Arrested: Lawrence E. Adamczyk, 49 of the 1600 block of Oregon Street in Rockford. However, Mr. Adamczyk had been paroled to a halfway house on the 1300 block of E. 71st Place in Chicago. Prior to the arrest in Riverside, Mr. Adamczyk stated he had been living on the street in Chicago.
Mr. Adamczyk is currently in custody on a no bond warrant.
Riverside Police Department
31 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
160 Ridgewood Road
Riverside, IL 60546