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Residents Rescue 12-Year-Old Girl Being Choked and Beaten By Man

Bike-riding Oak Lawn man, 54, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery after knocking girl off her bike and attacking her, police say.

Citizens came to the aid of a 12-year-old girl who witnesses said was attacked, punched and choked near the corner of 93rd Street and 69th Avenue in Oak Lawn on Aug. 29, according to a police report.

Michael T. Kelly, 54, of the 9400 block of South Nordica Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery. said Kelly intentionally crashed his bike into the 12-year-old girl, then punched and choked her.

A woman passing by the scene told police she saw the girl and her bike fall to the ground and saw a man standing over the girl when the woman passed the corner around 6:40 p.m. The woman said she “felt like something was wrong” and drove her car back for a closer look, police reports said.

Neighbors who came to the girl's rescue told the woman what happened, and she began following Kelly in her car after he had pedaled away from the scene, police said.

The woman called 911 and described the man as wearing a black shirt, jeans and a backward baseball cap, and riding a green mountain bike as she followed him in her car.

Police said Kelly was riding up and down different streets trying to give the woman the slip. She lost sight of Kelly around West 96th Street and New England Avenue.

Another woman who saw the attack told police that Kelly and the girl were riding their bicycles toward each other from the opposite direction when Kelly crashed his bike into the girl’s. Kelly reached out and put his arm around the girl’s neck as they talked to each other, reports said.

The second woman told police that at first she thought Kelly was giving the girl a hug. When Kelly threw the child to the ground and began punching her, the woman ran over to help the girl, police said. Officers said a third witness, a man, corroborated the second woman’s account.

As neighbors came to the girl’s aid, police said Kelly got back on his bike and rode away. That’s when the first woman started following Kelly in her car and called 911, reports said.

The girl told police she was riding her bike home on the sidewalk along 93rd Street when she saw a man riding toward her from the opposite direction. When she tried to leave after Kelly crashed his bike into hers, he blocked her path, officers said.

According to the girl, Kelly said, “I haven’t seen you around my house lately.”

Police said the girl told Kelly that she didn’t know him nor had ever seen him before. When he asked the girl if she was scared, she replied, “Yes.”

Police said the girl told them that Kelly grabbed her around the neck and threw her to the ground. The girl said she could hardly breathe and couldn't scream for help because she was being strangled and punched in the head. She told the cops that Kelly’s body was “half way on top of hers,” officers said.

Kelly was spotted running southbound on New England across 96th Street. Police used a trained police dog to track him down, and he was found laying flat against a fence in a backyard on the 6800 block of West 96th Street, police said. A green mountain bike and black baseball cap were found near the yard where Kelly was apprehended.

Asked if he had any weapons, Kelly told police that he had a knife in his pocket, police said. He was handcuffed and taken into custody. The girl and the woman who followed Kelly in her car both positively identified Kelly at the scene of his arrest.

The other witnesses were able to identify Kelly in a police lineup at the Oak Lawn police station, reports said.

The girl was treated and released at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Kelly appeared in court on Aug. 31.

ME September 15, 2011 at 04:32 PM
I'm sick of these people like Mike Kelly getting off and walking the streets. They'll only do it again. I say you put him up against someone twice his size and do to him what he did, and intended to do to that poor little girl. She will never forget this and will be afraid to go anywhere or do anything ever again. If this guy is walking the streets and someone sees him, I hope they do what they need to do. The world is all wrong. The victims suffer forever and the jerks like Mike get to walk the streets free as a bird. I think he should go to jail for the rest of his life. Does he have a family? Does anyone know?
Neil Callahan September 15, 2011 at 08:13 PM
This was asked once, with no apparent answer. What was the result of the hearing in this case? Since this happened a couple weeks ago, there should be a record.
Lorraine Swanson September 15, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Neil, Here is my follow up to the story, including the latest court info. http://patch.com/A-mcgH
concerned 1 September 19, 2011 at 06:42 PM
If this piece of flight doesn't get his due then make sure to Sue his sorry behind in civil court and for one appointed by the system via electoral process doesn't practice due diligence vote them out and let them chase ambulances for a living.
Donnie D March 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM
We live near his house, and he is free and we see him all the time, I never would have guessed he would have been responsible for something like that. There are kids all over this block, I see a lot of kids at the homes next to his house. Not long ago the police were out front of his house because his tires were popped I didn't know about this then, but I now think it was probably angry people who did it. I'd like to know what his motives were. Was this an abduction attempt or was it revenge for something kids did to his home, whatever his motives, we know he has no restraint and is capable of what most would consider unthinkable.

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