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Police: Plainfield Man Tried to Kidnap Woman at Knifepoint

Erin E. Johnson is charged with kidnapping, vehicular hijacking after allegedly trying to force woman into car early Tuesay.

A Plainfield man is facing several felony charges after allegedly attempting to abduct a woman at knifepoint as she got into her vehicle early Tuesday morning in the 16300 block of Fairfield Drive, police said.

Erin E. Johnson, 19, of 16941 Plainsman Circle is charged with kidnapping, aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

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Sgt. Mike Fisher said the victim was getting into her car around 4:22 a.m. when Johnson attempted to push her into the passenger seat of the vehicle.

“It appeared to be his intent to take her and the vehicle,” Fisher said. “She was warming up her car to go to work, and he came up to her and got in her face and was pushing her into the passenger seat.”

Fisher said the woman struggled with her attacker, who fled when a neighbor heard the commotion and intervened. The victim suffered minor injuries in the attack, police said.

“Her neighbor did a great job,” Fisher said. “He knew something was going on and he got involved and probably averted her from getting injured any further.”

In a press release, Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said police gathered evidence from the scene and began an “extensive manhunt,” using both the Plainfield and Joliet police K-9 units to track.

Fisher said having two K-9 units on hand helped speed up the search, allowing police to let one dog to rest while using the other to track the suspect.

Johnson was located at around 6 a.m. in the backyard of a home on Plainsman Circle, police said. He was booked into the Will County jail and is due in court Wednesday afternoon.

Fisher said the dogs tracked Johnson through a wooded area and farm field back to his own neighborhood.

Without elaborating, Fisher said events that occured Monday evening gave police a clue that Johnson may have been involved in the attempted kidnapping.

Noting that Johnson is well known to police, Fisher said “key evidence” left at the scene gave police an idea of which direction he may have been heading. He declined to specify what evidence was found, citing an ongoing investigation.

According to Fisher, police believe the attempted hijacking was a crime of opportunity and don’t think Johnson targeted the victim.

He praised the woman’s neighbor for getting involved, adding that the victim’s screams prompted several residents of the neighborhood to call 911.

“This guy did the right thing,” Fisher said. “He got involved just the right amount to prevent her from getting more injured and not get hurt himself.

" ... She's pretty shaken up," Fisher said of the victim, adding one precaution residents can take to protect themselves is to try to be aware of their surroundings.

"Watch what's going on," he said. "And watch out for your neighbors."

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Let it be known November 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Tim, you are so far off on all of your comments on this post. No matter what the PPD does you WILL always find something wrong on what they did or didn't do. The Joliet Police Department was called in to assist due to having a bloodhound and Plainfield PD having a Patrol dog. You should probably know what your talking about rather than just posting links to BS stories. Why don't you do research and see how many bloodhounds are in the area and what they are used for rather than posting that the PPD needed help in solving this crime.
Ernie Knight November 16, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Skyrocketing, huh Tim? How do you propose PPD prevent burglaries? "Almost every call that involved PPD this summer, involved gun wielding criminals being long gone"? You're joking right? Do you have the slightest idea how many calls PPD responded to this summer? There may be a "serious internal problem", but it isn't with PPD.
Ernie Knight November 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Interesting. Accounts of abduction attempts elsewhere have shown firearms to be exceedingly effective. Personally, I'd prefer they be picking up the bodies of violent criminals than their innocent female victims.
Ernie Knight November 16, 2012 at 03:11 AM
So no one should cast stones (verbally) at a violent criminal who attempted to abduct a woman at knifepoint and carjack her? And of course, we don't know what the ultimate plan was (rape, homicide, whatever). Give me a break. No one forced him to commit this crime.
Kevin S November 16, 2012 at 04:39 AM
December 5th, a Wednesday. I can take that day off, or part of it. Anyone else who is talking the talk and can walk the walk (I know the economy is bad & some may have to work every minute they can) should show up for this hearing. If this guy is who you say he is, the whole community needs to show up & let the judge know he is not welcome here. I'll look on the Will Co. website, but let us know eactly where we need to be for this court date. It takes a village!
A concerned teen November 16, 2012 at 07:12 AM
All of you guys are ignorant who are you guys to judge their family?! Every family is dysfunctional in their own way. Get a life you prejudice ass ignorant people. If you're such a "concerned" father , you'd be worrying about your own kids or kid, not on here judging someone else. I'm sure you've made terrible mistakes in your life too. Probably not as bad, or maybe even worst, who knows? But if you're a Christian or believe in god you should know not to judge someone that way. He obviously is going through something in his life. Don't be an asshole. This is affecting their whole family not just him.
Zaney November 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM
@Tim....you are so sad. Where do you live? Do you live in Plainfield? All I can say is you must have VERY low self esteem and can only feel better by commenting on stories on the patch with inaccurate information. Might I suggest an on-line class...perhaps criminal justice? You need something to occupy your time.
John Roberts November 16, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Know what it says in the criminal justice books?..." Even if you know their not guilty if you arrest them anyways a major portion pleads guilty in court" also it states " if you can convince a person they are guilty even if they are not chances are they will plead guilty in court"......I have read this in these "Criminal Justice" books myself....I agree if this guy did it then to jail he goes with a sentence to suit the crime.....but criminal justice is teaching deceiving tactics...like take you to jail anyways and chances are you don't fight the charge on smaller things...
Ernie Knight November 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
"John", I'd be fascinated to learn more about these "criminal justice books". Particularly since a police officer arresting someone that they know is innocent, is not only unethical and immoral, but illegal and contrary to the oath of office they take. Look up Official Misconduct. It's a felony.
Tim November 16, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Ernie, the entire reason the Miranda warning is even there is because the Supreme Court of the United States forced it onto law enforcement as a response to these tactics(Miranda v. Arizona), and this is still a common tactic in police departments around the country. Bar Associations across the entire country were organizing before this was passed to allow for a defense against these tactics, the resulting government franchised body was to become the basis for the creation of the 'Legal Services Corporation' which was eventually then created by the Nixon administration(ironic, isn't it) You really need to get yourself some attorneys as friends, particularly defense attorneys, so you can ask them some of these questions. Your personal life experiences and knowledge are obviously inadequate to support the statements that you are making. There was just a record setting settlement against the city of Chicago for these EXACT tactics, and it was often referred to in news reports as the 'blue wall of silence'. If it didn't happen anymore, the Legal Services Corporation would no longer exist.
Ernie Knight November 17, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Tim, Wrong again. Miranda was to protect the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. Miranda had nothing to do with officers knowingly arresting innocent persons. READ the MIRANDA RIGHTS, Tim. You are confusing "tactics" in obtaining confessions with knowingly false arrests. These are not the same thing. Knowingly making false arrests will get an officer fired, indicted and imprisoned. "Blue wall of silence" is meaningless out of context. It may have nothing to do with a knowingly false arrest. It may have nothing to do with Miranda. You are confusing and mixing concepts. Someone with such great defense attorney friends should know that. But using these TACTICS may be great for smearing the police again.
Ron November 17, 2012 at 05:30 AM
And here's the guy who thinks a rifle locked in a safe somehow stops a school shooting. I'd be your friend Ernie but I think my friend Tim would be upset if that happened.
Ron November 17, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Further, guns should be banned not only in school safes but in the United States. Handguns are easily concealed, engineered for maximum lethality, relatively inexpensive, and easy to acquire. The United States leads the world in homicides, suicides, and overall gun violence. Guns are unsafe in anyones hand. We don't need anymore guns.
Tim November 17, 2012 at 07:07 AM
I'm not talking about the miranda rights Ernie, I'm talking about the ACTUAL case that prompted them to exist in the first place. Since you obviously do not know that that was but one of four cases consolidated for the court, here is some reading material for you to educate yourself with; https://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/US/384/384.US.436.584.759-761.html "This was the spirit in which we delineated, in meaningful language, the manner in which the constitutional rights of the individual could be enforced against overzealous police practices." The 'overzealous practices' being referred to are when interrogations were conducted for the sole purpose of getting a confession, even in the face of absolutely no supporting evidence at all. When you read the case involved other than the pop-culture 'miranda' case, which was but a single case of four, you will have learned something new. I know that is a 200+ page report of the actual words of the Supreme Court, but try to keep an attention span long enough to read it a few times until you understand it. Here are 12 Million more reasons; http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-06-06/news/chi-aldermen-settle-iraq-war-protest-lawsuits-for-12-million-20120606_1_protest-aldermen-police-conduct 900 knowingly wrongful arrests, all at once, by Chicago police. called 'idiotic' by the court. You don't get to claim 'wrong', for well established history just because you are unaware of it.
Ernie Knight November 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Tim, The discussion was on police intentionally arresting innocent people, if you would like to check the thread. Your points regarding police abuses apparently have nothing to do with the original discussion. (Point me to the spot in the Miranda decision that says the police knew Miranda was innocent and then arrested him anyway.) Police making an arrest based on probable cause where the person is subsequently actually innocent (not simply acquitted), is obviously not the same as intentionally arresting an innocent person. One is a mistake, one is a crime. Ron, Good to know your irrational opposition to firearms. So we should not only disarm the 8,000,000 trained, licensed concealed firearms carriers nationwide, but also the military, police, FBI, everybody, since "guns are unsafe in anyones hand"? Handguns are for "maximum lethality"? Your ballistic ignorance is stunning.
Ron November 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Ernie, Is it possible to make comments with calling Tim and I names on here? Consider what happened in Australia after a crazed gunman killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1996. The Australian federal government persuaded all states and territories to implement tough new gun control laws. Under the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), firearms legislation was tightened throughout the country. National registration of guns was imposed and it became illegal to hold certain long guns that might be used in mass shootings. The gun ban was backed up by a mandatory buy-back program that substantially reduced gun possession in Australia. The effect was that both gun suicides and homicides (as well as total suicides and homicides) fell. Importantly, while there were 13 mass shootings in Australia during the period of 1979--96, there have been none in the sixteen years since. Stricter gun policy laws need to be enacted here in the United States. The U.S. has a high gun murder rate, whereas a country like England with strict gun controls has almost no gun murders and a very low murder rate.The police in England do not even carry guns with the exception of their special teams. I'm sure they don't put rifles in a safe in their high schools either. Perhaps you should take some time to educate yourself on gun violence.
Ron November 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Ernie, Is it possible to make comments without calling Tim and I names on here? Consider what happened in Australia after a crazed gunman killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1996. The Australian federal government persuaded all states and territories to implement tough new gun control laws. Under the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), firearms legislation was tightened throughout the country. National registration of guns was imposed and it became illegal to hold certain long guns that might be used in mass shootings. The gun ban was backed up by a mandatory buy-back program that substantially reduced gun possession in Australia. The effect was that both gun suicides and homicides (as well as total suicides and homicides) fell. Importantly, while there were 13 mass shootings in Australia during the period of 1979--96, there have been none in the sixteen years since. Stricter gun policy laws need to be enacted here in the United States. The U.S. has a high gun murder rate, whereas a country like England with strict gun controls has almost no gun murders and a very low murder rate.The police in England do not even carry guns with the exception of their special teams. I'm sure they don't put rifles in a safe in their high schools either. Perhaps you should take some time to educate yourself on gun violence.
Ernie Knight November 18, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Wrong again, Ron. Since banning guns in Australia and England the rate of firearm crime has vastly INCREASED. Since concealed carry has gone into effect in the US, now in 49 states, homicides and violent crimes have DECREASED. The FBI has no stake in this. Look at the FBI UCR numbers. You know what works at stopping crazed gunmen? Armed, trained, licensed civilians. Why would you want to disarm women and the elderly and make them easy victims of violent predators? Ron, people are judged on what they say. When you contradict all credible ballistics experts and your own previous posts with your opinions, you really cannot expect to be held in high regard.
Rev November 18, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Once again our state lawmakers should be hanging their heads in shame that they continue to infringe our RIGHT to "...bear arms'', I am glad this story came out good. But if it had been me or my wife, he would be dead, and we would need to get the car cleaned, and might spend the night in jail...ALIVE.
BitterBluePoison November 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
You people digress! First...please use spell check. Then stay on subject. Thank you Neighbor, PPD & JPD for a job well done. 2nd amendment gives me the right to own firearms. Illinois law prevents me from legally carrying them with me concealed. Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Civility separates us from the animals. Punish the guilty after they have their day in court.
Ron November 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The Second Amendment does not give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but only allows for the state to keep a militia (National Guard). Individuals do not need guns for protection; it is the role of local and federal government to protect the people through law enforcement agencies and the military. Additional gun control laws are necessary to stop gun violence and limit the ability of criminals to obtain guns. More guns mean more violence.
Melissa November 19, 2012 at 02:09 AM
No Ron, more guns do not equate to more violence. I only hope that one day we will have the right to conceal/carry. There would be less crime. You never know who's carrying so therefore you might want to think before you act.
John Roberts November 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
@ Ernie I have a relative that was studying to do the law enforcement training the advertise on tv.she Recieved the books and in these books this is what it stated..I will find out what the book title is again and post it for sure...oh it has some other things in it you'd be surprised to know this is how they are being trained..even parole officers...get this training
John Roberts November 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
@ron..hey bud you should watch sons of guns...they took a piece of metal pipe,and some wood with 2 wires and a 9 v battery...know what they made?..a rocket launcher....a piece of pipe,a small piece of wood and a rubber band? Know what ya got?....a gun...in order to remove guns you would have to remove the knowledge that lead travels fast when backed by exploding black powder...remember the very first guns? Primitive everything after that was more for looks and speed....if you rounded up all the legal guns...there would only be homemade non registered in known amount,and never know who has them..is all you would end up with...people make guns..there not beamed in from space...and people will continue to make guns..no matter what.
John Roberts November 19, 2012 at 01:26 PM
It is amazing to me that people think guns should be banned except for military and police...ok well. Let's look at that...military,full of guns,are not afraid to drone bomb people and kill em even innocent kids,military who has done more killing of people than any average citizen could ever imagine doing,Militaries known to take over whole counties,..The police...charges and known for brutality,murder coverups,misconduct....yeah these are the people we should be gun free from...lol have you really lost your mind....What protects you from them?...in a perfect world we need no guns but people's ideas vary from what is their perfect world and others need to protect themselves from others ideas.....it's not hard for someone set on destruction to make a homemade gun...prisoners make all kinds of things from the lid of a coffee cup.lol
John Roberts November 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
All of you anti gun nuts should do yourselves a favor and type into YouTube or google homemade single shot pistol or homemade machine guns and you would be surprised what you would leave yourself up against not to mention the precise weapons the military has...lol...there is even homemade single shot pistols that shoot shotgun shells.lmao....just keep imagining your perfect world how you think it is and us people who live with reality and understand the real world full of murders,rapists,child abductors,home invaders,thieve,con artists,scammers, and when one of these kinds of people invade your liberties..us guns rights nuts will fully understand when you start packing heat or at least begin to understand where gun rights people are coming from...Even if I never own a gun or if I do I would never want guns banned from citizens..we are all only human we appoint labeled positions but in the end the people we appoint are humans too and some humans with derranged ideas make it into power and end up with too much of it.Guns are not only for hunting they are to protect yourself from some ass that wants to car jack you too and invade upon your personal freedom,safety,and liberties.....even government through out time has been know to prove its self sometimes to do criminal things against its citizens..."in the name of Public Safety" ..
John Roberts November 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
@ Ron..ok well let's say someone came into your house right now..bam you hear the door..maybe you don't...look around...where exactly are the police? The military? Nowhere.its just you and the criminal....in your house,invading your freedom,your property...the guy comes at you..are the police there yet?..how are they going to know your being invaded....you going to ask the criminal to hold on while you call the police?...good luck bud...while this guy attacks you..the other guy that came with him gets your wallet,sees pictures of your kids,learns who your wife is..sees pictures of your kids school...you know gathering information on your family while robbing and beating you.....are the police,military there yet?....probably not but you might have the chance to call the cops,start and investigation,maybe catch the people who have all the information they need on you to blackmail you into keeping your mouth shut...and the police they will get to your case when they get a chance...military..chances are police are not contacting them either....label units how ever you want they are still people and the only way to maybe protect yourself is to have a police officer or military personnel live with you and be on guard 24/7 but even they a routine will most likely be followed and know what happens to routines..they get calculated and breached and used against the people with routines...the real reality of this world sucks but it is a reality....You would be left defenseless...
Ernie Knight November 19, 2012 at 06:32 PM
John, "Criminal Justice" texts used by television advertised training sources, are likely NOT associated in any way with official law enforcement training. Illinois police academys use no such texts. I'm certain it's possible to find a book that says what you have related. I'm equally certain that it would not be a part of a State, Federal or municipal sanctioned law enforcement training.
georgia January 10, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Whatever happened to him?
victor castillo March 07, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Man I know this kid I kinda grew up with him what an idiot.

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