Man charged with sexually abusing 6-year-old boy in River North McDonald’s restroom

The child was in a restroom at the restaurant in the 600 block of North Clark Street when the man entered the stall around 6 p.m. Saturday, police said.

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McDonald’s in the 600 block of North Clark Street.

McDonald’s in the 600 block of North Clark Street.

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A man with a history of causing disturbances at the “Rock-and-Roll” McDonald’s in River North barged into an unlocked restroom stall last weekend and sexually abused a 6-year-old boy, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday.

A security guard who was familiar with Bryan Sutton, 62, confronted him as Sutton was inappropriately touching the child, prosecutors said.

Sutton fought with the guard, and then fought with Chicago police officers who responded to the incident at 6 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant at 600 N. Clark St., prosecutors said.


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The boy had entered the restroom with his father and a family friend, prosecutors said. The father left the stall unlocked because he didn’t want the child to lock himself in. As the father washed his hands and the friend was at a urinal, Sutton entered the stall and began sexually abusing the child, prosecutors said.

During the scuffle, Sutton allegedly punched the guard in the head. Sutton then punched an officer in the shoulder and stiffened his body to resist arrest, prosecutors said. Officers used a Taser to detain him.

The child was taken to a hospital and seen by a doctor. He was in good condition.

Sutton, of Flint, Michigan, faces a felony count each of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated kidnapping.

Sutton has one previous arrest in Cook County. He was charged in July with attacking a Cook County sheriff’s deputy in a bathroom of the Daley Center, but the charges were dropped after the deputy failed to appear for a court hearing. Prosecutors said they will seek those charges again in front of a grand jury.

A judge ordered Sutton held without bail.

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