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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.

DLC DAVE September 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM
wow where do these people come from ,not safe to ride a bike anymore . Burn him at the stake , or a public whipping will do .
james eichorst September 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM
I would like to meet this guy(if we can call him a guy) for two min.I could give him a lesson or two.
DLC DAVE September 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM
I see you voted on the public whipping lol
Pat F September 13, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Let's hope something sticks on him and he doesn't come out of the courthouse through their revolving door of justice........
d&j September 13, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Something similar happened to our son about 10years ago in Oaklawn. He was about 12 and a 30 year old guy jumped him, knocked off his bike and ripped his shirt off him before a neighbor came out. She called Oaklawn police but they said they were busy and never showed up. According to the guy he was mistaken as somebody who threw something at his house. We had him arrested latter but when he went to court he came in with a state cop friend and got off with 6 months supervision. So much for letting the system work for the innocent, I hope this doesn't happen to this girl.
AR60453 September 13, 2011 at 03:36 PM
What happened at his hearing?? Is he out?
Oak Lawn Gal September 13, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Yeah I would like to know what happened at the hearing too. I'm encouraged that neighbors jumped in to help the little girl. I think if we're going to discourage bad guys from committing crimes in Oak Lawn we'll have to get involved like these people did.
john Crivellone September 13, 2011 at 08:44 PM
This guy is Garbage. Let him pick a fight with someone who can defend themselves and see how tough he is. I hope he happens to read this.
d&j September 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM
In our case at court a DA attorney was asigned to case, we had his shirt as eveidence. They pulled the attorney off 5 minutes before trial, put aother on that didn't even eant to talk to wife and son. When jusge called up they asked who where witnesses when wife and son sworn in they escorted my wife out of the room leaving our 12yr old to fend for himself. Then the judge threw shirt out as inadmissable. Case dropped after he got suspension. He's out walking free, nothing happened.
DLC DAVE September 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM
have any of you ever sat in on a court room ? most cases are thrown out or continued. this is why the courts are back logged like they are,seen drunks leave the courtroom and get right back into their cars in the parking lot . unreal seems to me the defendants are the ones on trial . I also wasn't aware that criminals had so many rights.
DLC DAVE September 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM
I bet a lot of people feel that if this guy hit their kid they would love seeing him walk free as then you could get your hands on him .
Tonia Lorenz September 14, 2011 at 02:36 PM
High fives and thanks to the "nosy neighbors" who rescued the little girl and the woman who followed the guy away from the scene and called 911. They are Oak Lawn's best asset: the wonderful residents.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 14, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Bob Sackomano, I deleted your comment because it violated Patch's terms of use. While I can understand your anger, please do not make physical threats in the Patch comments. This is still America, and the accused are innocent until proven guilty. You are welcome to post again, but please do not make any more threatening comments. Please review our terms of use, http://oaklawn.patch.com/terms
DLC DAVE September 15, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Lorraine , I read Bob's comment and it should of been deleted but if you read the rest of the other comments on here including mine ,most of them pertain to this guy getting his due . we just didn't go out on the limb as far as Bob did , He may know the little girl .
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 15, 2011 at 07:10 AM
I give kudos to Bob for using his full name. Bob, you are welcome to comment anytime, just take it down a notch.
tootzy September 15, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Don't worry, if the courts don't put him away I will. 6'2 280 lbs will probably be just as fair as him with a 12 year old girl. He will NOT forget the day that karma bit him back!
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 (Editor) 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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