Man charged in Highland Park assault, robbery

July 19, 2009 8:09:15 AM PDT
A Highland Park man was charged early Saturday after he allegedly robbed and sexually assaulted a woman walking home from the Metra station in the northern suburb Wednesday.About 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a 32-year-old Highland Park woman was walking along the Green Bay Trail bike path just north of the Ravinia Business District when she was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man, according to a release from Highland Park police.

The woman had just returned to Highland Park from Chicago on a Metra train when the attack occurred.

Eduardo Franco, 20, of the 500 block of Ravinia Road, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and robbery, the release said. He was arrested about 3 a.m. Saturday and his bond was set at $1 million.

Since the attack, police have increased patrols along the bike and jogging patch.

Franco will appear in court for a preliminary hearing a 10 a.m. on August 10.