Homeless man behind bars for Aggravated Kidnapping

By Mark Bullion

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- A homeless man is behind bars after police say he tried to kidnap a 12-year-old boy Friday evening outside the East Peoria Post Office sorting facility.

Thanks to the swift action of some postal workers, the young boy is safe.

Teddy Meyer, 52, is no stranger to kidnapping. He has two prior offenses and is also a registered sex offender.

Authorities say Meyer lured and restrained the young boy using a knife. Fortunately, the child was not hurt as postal workers saw what was happening and took action to free him.

Meyer was arrested a short time later.

Monday, he was in bonding court and is facing two felony charges of aggravated kidnapping; one for using a dangerous weapon and another for knowingly kidnapping someone under the age of 13.

Tazewell County State's Attorney Stu Umholtz says he gives the utmost credit to the postal workers who helped stop what could have been a much worse scenario.

"We can bring out as big a hammer as we want to on a criminal defendant; we can't ever bring back the life of a young boy so we're hopeful we've intervened immediately so we can stop any future tragedies that this defendant would cause," said Umholtz.

Meyer's bond was set at $750,000. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

He is expected back in court in early June.