The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on June 11 approved three felony charges against a 27-year-old Chicago man suspected of trying to lure two children into his vehicle in the Hollywood section of Brookfield on June 8.
Mykola Pototskyi, of the 5300 block of South Mayfield Avenue in Chicago, is charged with two counts of child abduction and one count of aggravated assault with a vehicle. All three are Class 4 felonies, which carry prison sentences of up to three years, if convicted.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has placed an immigration detainer on Pototskyi, who is free after posting 10 percent of $10,000 bond set by Cook County Judge Thomas Tucker at a hearing on June 12 at the Maybrook courthouse.
Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak said on Friday that the Department of Homeland Security did not have Pototskyi in its custody.
Pototskyi, according to his Facebook page, is a native of Ukraine and works as a driver for a Des Plaines-based courier service and in an unknown capacity at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Police allege that Pototskyi was driving a gray 2007 Dodge sedan near the intersection of Rockefeller and Hollywood avenues about 7:15 p.m. on June 8. According to police, he pulled over to the curb to talk to two children, ages 7 and 5, waved them closer to the vehicle and asked if the 7-year-old wanted to see his penis.
A neighbor, who was suspicious, walked toward the intersection and told the children to go home. The neighbor reportedly walked toward the vehicle to stop Pototskyi, who fled at a high rate of speed and allegedly nearly struck the neighbor with his vehicle.
About a half hour later, Pototskyi was reportedly involved in a car crash near his home on the Southwest Side of Chicago. He was reportedly going northbound on Merrimac Avenue, which is one-way southbound, and struck another vehicle, which was westbound on 55th Street, in the intersection. Both drivers were treated at area hospitals.
Chicago police charged Pototskyi with driving under the influence and several other traffic offenses. Brookfield police apprehended Pototskyi without incident at his home on June 9.