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.