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Monk Charged with Attempting to Abduct Girl in Antioch

A 14-year-old girl told police the monk called her beautiful and told her to get into his car. The girl refused and ran away.

A Benedictine monk from Wisconsin was arrested in Antioch Friday and charged with felony attempted child abduction and misdemeanor disorderly conduct for trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his vehicle, reported the Daily Herald.

Thomas J. Chmura, 57, who lived at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis., is in jail on $50,000 bond.

Chmura reportedly told police he had been offering teenage girls rides for the past six weeks, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

The girl Chmura attempted to lure into his vehicle last Thursday night gave the police his description and a local bulletin was issued. On Friday afternoon, an off-duty Antioch police officer saw the vehicle pull alongside three females walking on the sidewalk and was able to follow it to the Wisconsin state line before losing sight of it, reported local media.

Chmura was arrested several hours later when he returned to the area and police recognized his vehicle.

Last Wednesday, a Lake Villa man was arrested for attempting to abduct four little girls in Beach Park, reported Patch.

Read more on Patch:

Third Graders Run From Stranger Offering Rides

Lake County Man Tries to Abduct Four Girls

DaddyO April 30, 2013 at 02:11 PM
No more "Monk-E" business for him.
marilyn May 02, 2013 at 11:31 AM
he couldn't call the Wisconsin police? losing sight of him at the wisconsin state line sounds more like he couldn't cross the state line. I would think the bulletin would have gone out to wisconsin as well. anyway glad they caught the creep.

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