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Streets and Sanitation workers save boy, 10, from attempted kidnapping

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George Graves, 57. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Police) George Graves, 57. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Police)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Two Streets and Sanitation workers saved a boy from a kidnapper on Thursday.

"I was walking in the alley and I stopped to tie my shoe, that's when I saw somebody and then, the next thing I know he started chasing me," said Sherman Creed, Jr., 10.

Creed was on his way to Hinton Elementary in Englewood when he said that 57-year-old George Graves came after him. Luckily, Streets and San workers Alfreda Clark and Mary Baggett noticed Creed trying to hide, and stepped in.

"Alfreda noticed him going through two vacant apartments, and she said, 'Mary, you see the child? He's going through two vacant houses and I'm wondering what is he doing," Baggett said.

Clark and Baggett have grandkids of their own and they knew something was wrong. They tracked Creed down and asked him if he was alright.

"He didn't say anything at first, so then I asked again, and he said, 'He's chasing me," Clark said.

They called police after placing the boy inside their work vehicle for safety.

"I call them my city heroes," said Creed's father, Sherman Creed Sr. "They saved my son."

Graves lives across the street from the Creed family. He was convicted in 1985 for battery to a child and also has two drug convictions. He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail on Friday.

The father of five "vehemently denies" the allegations, an assistant public defender said.

Mayor Emanuel said Clark and Baggett exemplify what is best about Chicago.

"Our kids have the strength and support of the entire city behind them, and I commend Alfreda Clark and Mary Baggett for helping this boy," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. "From every city department to every neighbor and family, we all must play a role in making sure our children are safe and have every opportunity to succeed."

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