Man sentenced to four years in attempted Elmwood Park abduction
Jeffrey Jewitt | Photo courtesy Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: November 12, 2012 6:07AM
ELMWOOD PARK — Arrested a year ago for trying to lure a 12-year-old child into his car in Elmwood Park, Jeffrey Jewitt has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Jewitt, 31, of Des Plaines was sentenced Oct. 1 to four and-a-half years in prison after being convicted in August of child abduction in a bench trial before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Tucker, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney. He was initially arrested at his home July 11, 2011 by Elmwood Park and Des Plaines police officers and charged with child abduction/luring and presence within a school zone by a registered sex offender.
The first abduction attempt reportedly happened at 3:30 p.m. July 5, 2011 at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Thatcher avenues. While in his car, Jewitt approached a 12-year-old boy, who was on his bicycle, and allegedly tried to lure him into his vehicle, claiming to be the cousin of the victim’s mother.
The boy fled.
The second attempt took place at 5:45 p.m. July 7 when Jewitt approached the boy again as he left the Oak Park Country Club, 2001 N. Thatcher Ave., where he was playing tennis. The location is near where the first incident took place.
The boy fled as soon as Jewitt approached, but was able to describe to police what Jewitt was wearing.
A composite sketch was released to various law enforcement agencies. Park Ridge police officers believed the sketch resembled Jewitt and notified Elmwood Park police.
Jewitt was placed in a physical lineup and was positively identified by the victim.
When Jewitt was arrested in 2011, he was on probation and registered as a sex offender after two convictions in 2009.