Convicted sex offender charged in '03 Brookfield assault

Man allegedly tried to kidnap woman at knifepoint

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Last week, Brookfield police closed a case open since 2003 after they charged a former resident with several offenses in connection with an attempted abduction.

On Oct. 13, police charged Thomas T. Dahm, 49, with aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, battery, unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct for allegedly attempting to kidnap a neighbor at knifepoint on Feb. 22, 2003.

According to the original report, Dahm lived in the 8500 block of Brookfield Avenue at the time of the incident. A registered sex offender, Dahm had been previously convicted of kidnapping, deviant sexual assault and taking indecent liberties with a child in 1982.

In that case, he had abducted a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint, raped her and held her captive in a crawlspace in his home in Wheeling for three days. Sentenced to 30 years, Dahm was paroled in 1998 and registered as a sex offender in Brookfield.

At 8:25 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2003, Dahm appeared at the residence of a 57-year-old female neighbor, ostensibly to talk about snow removal for her apartment complex.

During the conversation, Dahm reportedly reached into his pocket and pulled out a large kitchen knife, with a blade about 12 inches long. Dahm then allegedly grabbed the woman's arm and stated, "You're going to have to come with me."

The victim broke free and grabbed the phone, telling Dahm she was going to call 911, at which time Dahm left. Police were unable to locate Dahm, who apparently fled the area.

On July 27 of this year, Dahm was arrested by police in Machias, N.Y., where he worked as a live-in caretaker for a disabled man. Police alleged that Dahm, who was using the alias Thomas T. Mack, had used one of the disabled man's credit cards without his permission. A fingerprint check revealed his real name and the fact that he was wanted by Cook County Sheriff's Police as one of their "most wanted" sex offenders for not registering with them.

On Sept. 21, an official from the Cook County State's Attorney's office reinterviewed the victim from the February 2003 incident in Brookfield, and on Oct. 12 Brookfield police took Dahm into temporary custody, charging him on Oct. 13.

He appeared before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Gilbert J. Grossi on Monday morning, where bond was set at $100,000. He remains in Cook County Jail and faces another court date this morning.

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Donald Spike from Beach Park  

Posted: November 15th, 2017 3:15 AM

It's obvious this guy belongs in prison for the rest of his life,,, can't believe he was let out in such short time from kidnapping and raping a 13 year old girl,, who lived right down the street from me on Schoenbeck road, where I grew up as a kid! Now he is trying to kidnap others in 2003!! And now changing his name to try and get out of registering as a sex offender,,,, how many people have to be hurt by this individual or even killed by this idiot before they lock him up and throw away the key!!! This piece of feces should of never been let out when he kidnapped and raped that 13 year old girl in Wheeling back in 1982!!! Put this guy away for life!!!

Elizabeth Svedman from Kissimmee  

Posted: November 14th, 2017 2:40 AM

This man needs to be kept in jail for the rest of his life and the key thrown away! This poor girl. And now because he's released there's even more victims. Is there anything that the public can do to help keep this man in jail? Is it possible we could start a petition and have people sign it to keep him off the streets? I remember this story oh so well, it hit so close to home because at the time I lived in Wheeling. I remember the year after this happened I would see her mother pick her up and drop off her off each and every day at school, because she was abducted when she got off the school bus and she was walking home. I even helped pass out flyers in the hopes of finding her and bringing her home. This is so very upsetting to find out that he has been released and he is back out on the streets. This man should never see daylight.

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