SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A New Jersey man, Yusef Illeez, 19, was brought back to Schenectady County on November 8, where he will soon face trial in the kidnapping of two children back in January. The Scotia Police Department was first alerted to the alleged crime on January 16.

According to police, both children were returned home without injury less than 12 hours after they were reported missing. An investigation into the incident led police to Illeez, who allegedly met one of the children online and picked them up for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The child was reportedly 12 years old. Police report the second child was 10 years old.

All investigative findings were turned over to the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, and on October 27, a warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest. On October 28, Illeez was arrested by authorities in New Jersey and held in the Camden County Correctional Facility.

After an investigation, Schenectady police reported Illeez tried to engage in sexual intercourse with one of the children. Police also reported Illeez tried to engage in oral sexual contact with one of the children as well as subjecting a child to sexual contact. Officers report Illeez acted in a manner likely to hurt the physical, mental or moral welfare of both kidnapped children.


  • Second degree kidnapping as a sexually motivated felony
  • Second degree kidnapping
  • First degree attempted rape
  • First degree attempted sexual act
  • Second degree sexual abuse
  • Two counts Endangering the welfare of a child

On Tuesday, November 8 Illeez was taken to the New York State Police barracks in Princetown for processing. He was then brought to Schenectady County Correctional Facility, where he is being held pending trial.