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.