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Bond hiked for monk charged in attempted abduction

Man accused of trying to kidnap Illinois teen

WAUKEGAN, Ill. - A judge has increased the bond of a Benedictine monk from Wisconsin who is charged with trying to abduct an Illinois teenager.

The Waukegan News-Sun reported that Lake County Circuit Judge Christopher Stride tripled the bond for Thomas Chmura during an arraignment hearing Thursday.

Chmura posted a $50,000 bond after being accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in Antioch. However, a judge revoked the bond.

Defense attorney Kenneth Clark raised the bond issue during Thursday's hearing. Stride refused to overturn the bond revocation, instead raising it to $150,000.

Police say the 14-year-old was approached by a man in a station wagon asked if she needed a ride. Chmura, who lives at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis., was arrested Friday based on the girl's description.


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