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.
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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