Thornton police are looking for a male suspect who is a registered sex offender that allegedly operated two restaurants in Thornton, Illinois under a false identity. Thornton is 25 miles south of downtown Chicago and about 50 miles southeast of Arlington Heights.
Thornton police say that Carmen Leato owns Shelly’s Pancake House and Mangia Tutto restaurants in Thornton, and was operating under the false identity “Raul Castanada.”
According to Thornton Police Department, Carmen Leato is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender registry as a violent predatory child sex offender, and police said there are multiple active warrants out for his arrest.
Both restaurants in Thornton are closed, have been stripped of all equipment, and will no longer be operational. Thornton Police Department stated that both Carmen Leato and his wife, Michelle Leato have permanently fled the area. Police said this is not the first time that Carmen Leato and Michelle Leato have used restaurants as a front to commit fraud to deceive public officials and citizens.
If you observe Carmen Leato out in public, or may know the whereabouts of Carmen Leato or his wife, Michelle Leato, display great caution and call 911 immediately. He is considered to be armed and dangerous and a threat to the public. Both subjects are under investigation for multiple fraud/theft offenses.
— Thornton Police Department
According to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, Carmen Leato was 22 years-old when he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old. Leato also has been charged with failing to report a change of address, failure to report a change of employment, having no fixed address, failure to report weekly, and a second criminal sexual assault.
Leato allegedly fled the address provided in registration records without notifying authorities. His address on August 5, 2019 was listed UNKNOWN, Country Club Hills.
Carmen Leato is described as a male/white at 6’1” 237 LBS with a Date of Birth of 6/29/1970.
Thornton Police Department urged that if anyone sees Leato in public or knows about his or his wife’s whereabouts to call police immediately. He is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to police.
Anonymous tips can be accepted at the Thornton Police Department 708-877-4440. If you don’t have this number available, call 9-1-1.
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