$1M Bail for Man Who Tried Kidnapping Girl Outside of Family Dollar

Ellis Mug ShotMarlon S. Ellis, 42, 1500 block of South 9th Street, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail after being charged with aggravated kidnapping, a Class X felony. Caption by Tribune. (Photo: Cook County Sheriff)

Sunday, December 14, 2014 || Originally Published: Saturday, December 13, 2014 by Chicago Tribune || Michelle Manchir

A Maywood man who tried to kidnap a 7-year-old girl in Maywood was thwarted by a witness who questioned the girl and pulled her from the man’s car, prosecutors said Saturday.

Marlon S. Ellis, 42, 1500 block of South 9th Street, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Saturday by Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. Ellis was charged with aggravated kidnapping, a Class X felony.

“That’s it,” Bourgeois told Ellis Saturday, saying he was not going to let him “go walk out” and find another child to lure.

Ellis allegedly encountered the 7-year-old outside a Family Dollar at 1019 W. Madison St. in Maywood on Friday morning, prosecutors said, and asked her if she wanted a ride to school.

A witness who saw the encounter asked the girl if she knew Ellis, and she said no, prosecutors said.

At one point Ellis allegedly got the girl to enter his car, at which point a witness ran to the car to get her out before calling police, prosecutors said.

Police were able to track down Ellis because someone in the store had noted his license plate number, prosecutors said. VFP

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