CHICAGO – A Chicago man was arrested after violating the terms of his house arrest while saving neighboring kids from a house fire.
Kent Hinsworth was under strict orders not to leave his home for any reason after being placed on house arrest. Hinsworth was recently released from prison for theft and breaking and entering.
The Chicago native said he smelled smoke heard a loud commotion going on outside of his home. The 36-year-old said he looked out of the window and saw a neighboring home engulfed in flames, with people screaming there were children still inside. He immediately sprang into action, broke down the door, and rescued a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl from the raging flames.
Hinsworth leaving his confined area immediately triggered police to the area and he was arrested on the spot. Neighbors in the community are calling Hinsworth a hero and asking the district attorney to drop all charges against him. Currently Hinsworth has not been charged with a crime, but is being held for parole violation while the state determines if should face additional charges, or if he has violated the terms of his release. He is expected to be released without penalty, but after still being held days later, neighbors wonder what is taking so long.
“This man is a hero,” stated Heather McKinley, a 40-year-old mother of two who lives in the community. “If anything we should be pinning a medal on Kent and thanking him for his selfless act of bravery. He has paid his debt to society and is still being treated with an insane level of disrespect.”
“He should be released immediately,” McKinley said emphatically.
News Two’s Jon Nelson contributed to this report.