Champaign felon arrested for 1 attempted abduction

Champaign felon arrested for 1 attempted abduction

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign police have arrested a convicted felon in connection with an attempted abduction of a girl in northwest Champaign late last month.

Billy Mullins, 54, of the 1400 block of Comanche Drive, Champaign, was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday as he rode his bicycle on Fairfax Street, not far from the Dobbins Downs playground where he is alleged to have tried to lure a girl back to his home on Sept. 28. The playground is around the corner to the north of Mullins' home.

Champaign police Lt. Joe Gallo said while there have been nine such reports in Champaign since Sept. 20 - and two in Urbana since late August - Mullins has been linked to only one.

"We were and still are getting a lot of tips from the public. That has been helpful," Gallo said. He declined to say if the girl identified Mullins in person.

Mullins has several prior convictions dating to 1992, mostly for drug-related offenses. His last conviction in Champaign County was in 2007 for possession of a controlled substance.

Mullins is in the Champaign County Jail awaiting arraignment Thursday.

He was arrested for attempted child abduction, but State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she'll have to review the reports before determining if that Class 4 felony charge is appropriate, given the circumstances.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on October 05, 2011 at 9:10 pm
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On a bicycle?

Doesn't sound like the M.O. we've read about.

Keep searching.

Local Yocal wrote on October 06, 2011 at 8:10 am
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"According to a police report, a 13-year-old girl was at the Dobbins Downs playground at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when she was approached by a man riding a bicycle. The man invited the girl to come to his home to help him with groceries and promised to give her candy if she joined him.

When the girl began to yell out to get the attention of others, the man on the bicycle rode away from the area.

Police describe the man on the bicycle as a white male, about 39 years old. He is 6 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds with a thin build and has curly, reddish blonde hair and blue eyes."

The question is does Billy Mullins fit this very specific description ("about 39 years old"?) when Mullins is 54 years old. Did the girl identify Mullins in a line-up? Has he confessed to police?

Order wrote on October 06, 2011 at 8:10 am

Those charges doesnt fit the profile of this person but anythings possible. just make sure this is the correct person.

mankind wrote on October 06, 2011 at 8:10 am

Will all those laptop detectives who said these attempted abductions were fake please step forward. You're fired.

wayward wrote on October 06, 2011 at 9:10 am

Well, from his booking photo, he does appear to be blond, but the other cases apparently did not involve a man on a bicycle. Any possibility that he might have been drunk (or on drugs) rather than deliberately plotting to abduct a kid?

asparagus wrote on October 06, 2011 at 11:10 am

If this man is guilty then this is great news! I hope the police have a solid case.

I've been thinking about this phenomenon of multiple abduction attempt reports. Assuming there are a small percentage of folks out there that are addicted to child sex or related disorders, could it be that the first report causes the desperate ones to think they have a free pass for one or more attempts because someone else will eventually take the fall?