Cops Nab Non-Compliant Sex Offender in Park

Man found sitting by himself in bleachers near baseball field after dark was non-compliant with Illinois Sex Offender Act, police said.

A man spotted sitting by himself in the bleachers in a baseball field after dark turned out to be an unregistered sex offender, reports said.

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While on patrol, an Oak Lawn police officer spotted a man identified as Jaybee Holmes Jr., 28, sitting in the dark at the Westside Baseball Field at 9400 Oak Park Ave. around 8:05 p.m. Oct. 28.

Asked why he was sitting in the park along after it had closed, Holmes allegedly told police he had been trying to catch a bus and had stopped to rest his legs.

Holmes allegedly told police he was heading town 79th Street in Chicago and was going to take the bus.

The officer then asked Holmes why he was not standing on 95th Street where the buses ran, Holmes said he was winding through the neighborhood on his way to 79th Street, reports said.

Police ran the man’s name through the police database that found Holmes to be a registered sex offender who was in violation with an “unknown address.” The officer then asked Holmes to show him his papers, which he could not produce, police said.

Holmes was taken into custody and brought to the Oak Lawn police station. At the station, police attempted to get a copy of Holmes’ registration papers. He was held in jail until the next day when Illinois State Police supplied a copy of his registration.

The form showed that Holmes should have registered as a sex offender before or on Dec. 15, 2011, reports said.

Records available at the Illinois State Police show Holmes' address as "unknown" in Chicago. His victim was 6 and he was 16 at the time of the offense. Holmes was convicted of criminal sexual assault and failure to report a change of address or employment.

Felony charges were approved for failure to register as a sex offender. Bail was set at $100,000 for Holmes. Holmes next court appearance is Nov. 19.

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Charles Martel November 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Ahhh yes! Just another lost soul wondering around Oak Lawn hoping to find his next victim.
P Flan November 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Great catch! It's nice to know not all police are afraid to rock the boat a little!! That officer should be getting a recommendation for getting this sex offender out of our town and off the streets before he had the chance to attack a child!! Job well done!
Hank Scorpio November 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Really? Another lost soul searching for a victim? He was convicted 12 years ago, when he was 16. I'm sure Patch would have been more than eager to point out if this "horrible person" had committed another offence in those 12 years. But hey, let's spend some cash to keep him in jail for failing to update his address. Well done OLPD indeed.
Christy November 03, 2012 at 05:54 AM
I don't want anyone hanging around for no reason in the park after dark and oh by the way he is a registered sex offender. Doesn't every almost 30 year old young adult just go sit on the bleachers after dark by themselves in their spare time. Even if he is an oak lawn resident, I would find it creepy to see someone just hanging out like that. And just because someone doesn't have a record for committing "another" offence doesn't mean that they haven't offended-just didn't get caught. Thank you OLPD.


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