Man charged with trying to pull girl into bushes in Oak Park

Damian Skoczylas, 21 | Oak Park police photo
Damian Skoczylas, 21 | Oak Park police photo

A Glen Ellyn man has been charged with trying to abduct a 15-year-old girl in Oak Park on Monday.

Damian Skoczylas, 21, was arrested on July 29 after witnesses claimed he grabbed the girl while she was walking on the 400 block of Madison Street and tried to pull her into a bush after making lewd remarks to her.

At around 8:30 p.m., officers patrolling the area were approached by a citizen who alerted them to a possible abduction attempt in the area. A few minutes later, a man claiming to be the victim’s father told them that an unknown male offender “had tried to pull the girl off of the sidewalk towards some shrubbery,” said LaDon Reynolds, investigations commander for the Oak Park Police Department.

According to witnesses, Skoczylas, of South Cypress Drive in Glen Ellyn, was walking near the corner of Madison and Ridgeland Avenue when he passed the girl and gestured toward her, saying “Give me a show, you should give me a show.” After walking northward, Skoczylas turned around and approached the girl again, this time grabbing her by the wrist and attempting to pull her into a nearby bush.

At that point, a male citizen, hearing the girl scream for help, came over and intervened, allowing the victim to get away from the offender. Skoczylas was arrested by police shortly after.

Reynolds said that Oak Park police had “no prior issues” with Skoczylas leading up to the incident. As of July 30, he was in custody in Cook County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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