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Crime & Courts

Suspect pleads guilty to trying to rob child walking home from school in St. Charles Township

Police: Suspect had bite on his arm when officers arrived

Javier Prado, 44, of Chicago pleaded guilt to attempted robbery.
Javier Prado, 44, of Chicago pleaded guilt to attempted robbery.

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Chicago man has pleaded guilty for attempting to rob a 13-year-old girl as she walked home from school in northeastern St. Charles Township in December 2017, a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office stated.

Javier Prado, 44, of the 7800 block of South Yates Boulevard, Chicago, agreed on April 19 to a sentence of 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to attempted robbery, Class 3 felony, the news release stated.

John A. Barsanti, 16th Circuit judge, accepted the plea.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney William Engerman stated in court that the afternoon of Dec. 11, 2017, the victim, a 13-year-old girl, was walking home from school on Colley Drive in St. Charles Township when Prado allegedly approached her and asked if she had any money, the release stated. The victim tried to avoid Prado, who allegedly grabbed her, prompting the victim to bite Prado’s arm. Prado allegedly took the victim to the ground and searched her for money. The victim was able to free herself, ran home and called police. When police arrived, they found Prado still in the area with a fresh bite mark on his arm, the release stated.

According to Illinois law, Prado is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He receives credit for 129 days served in the Kane County jail, the release stated.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

“I’m proud of this strong and brave young woman. She demonstrated exceptional strength and bravery in the face of grave danger,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon stated in the release.

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