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Prosecutor: Man attempted to abduct children at Rockford park

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – A man has been indicted for allegedly attempting to abduct children at a Rockford park earlier this month.

Michael N. Stone, 55, is charged with four counts of attempted aggravated kidnapping and four counts of child abduction.

May 4, authorities received a report that a man attempted to abduct several children while they were playing in the 6300 Block of Guilford Road.

Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and identified Stone as a suspect. Prosecutors say Stone told four different children to come home with him and attempted to lure them into his vehicle.

Attempted aggravated kidnapping is a Class 1 felony punishable by a sentence of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of parole. Child Abduction is a Class 4 felony with a sentencing range of one to three years in prison.

Stone is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m., June 14, in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

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