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Chicago man accused of abducting Marengo toddler whom he knew

Dvino E. Thomas, 34, of Chicago
Dvino E. Thomas, 34, of Chicago

A Marengo toddler was returned safe to her family Tuesday after police stopped the girl's alleged abductor in Lake County.

Dvino E. Thomas, 34, of the the 5500 block of South Hamilton Avenue, Chicago, is charged in McHenry County court with child abduction – an offense typically punishable by two to five years in prison. Although Thomas is possibly the father of the child, he has no parental rights to the girl, police said.

The Marengo Police Department issued a notice about 6:30 a.m. to surrounding law enforcement, informing them of the alleged child abduction. Members of the Lake County Sheriff's Warrants Team were familiar with Thomas, whom they previously had arrested, according to a news release the Lake County Sheriff's Office sent Tuesday.

Lake County sheriff’s warrants deputies contacted Marengo police and learned Thomas had been visiting with a two-year-old child, according to the release.

Thomas was supposed to bring the toddler back to her mother, but when he arrived in the 1000 block of Briden Drive, Marengo, the two began to argue. Instead of returning the toddler, Thomas took the girl and fled the scene in his vehicle, according to the release. The girl's mother called 911 to report the situation.

Officers began searching in areas, which they knew from previous interactions, that Thomas frequented in Lake County. About 11 a.m. Lake County sheriff's warrant deputies found Thomas' vehicle in the area of Grass Lake Road and Sunset Drive in an unincorporated area near Antioch.

Police believe Thomas recognized the officers' vehicles, because he quickly left Grass Lake Road and turned onto a residential street and began to pick up speed, according to the release.

Officers eventually surrounded and stopped Thomas in the area of Monaville Road and Avon Drive near Lake Villa, where the toddler was found safe inside the vehicle.

The girl was turned over to a relative while Thomas was taken to the McHenry County Jail on a felony child abduction charge.

Dvino was released from Stateville Correctional Center on Jan. 27 and was out on parole at the time of his arrest Tuesday, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. The man's criminal history includes convictions of armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated battery, and felon in possession with a firearm, according to the IDOC

He remained at the jail Tuesday afternoon without bond. Thomas' first court appearance is scheduled to take place Wednesday morning.

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