Man sought for questioning in teen attacks

March 24, 2010 3:15:33 PM PDT
Investigators believe a suspect who sexually assaulted a teenage girl on the city's South Side also kidnapped a teenaged boy the next day. Police have released a picture of the man they want to talk to in connection with the attacks.

The attacks took place last Thursday and Friday in the Gresham community. A 15-year-old girl was forced into a car in the 7500-block of South Wood. The next day, a 15-year-old boy was forced into a car at gunpoint in the 7500-block of South Racine. He was able to escape.

Police have put out a community alert with a picture of the alleged suspect. ABC 7 asked several people if they recognized him. One woman said "Yes, I do. I see him frequently. He is at the gas station, at the grocery store, a regular in the community."

Police are looking for a man wanted for criminal sexual assault and kidnapping of two minors in the Gresham community.

"We are circulating fliers and asking anyone with any information to give us the information so that we can help this individual turn himself in," said Andrew Holmes, community activist.

The offender is described as being 37 years old, 6-feet-2-inches tall, weighing 250 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and driving a 1985 blue four-door Chevrolet with Illinois license plate H952947.

"This is an individual that lives in the community or did reside in the community," Holmes said.

The offender is wanted for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female last Thursday evening in the 7500-block of South Wood.

The suspect allegedly exited his vehicle and forced the victim into his car, then drove off to the 8100-block of South Marshfield.

Last Friday afternoon in the 7500-block of South Racine, a 15-year-old boy was forced at gunpoint by the identified subject into a 1985 blue Chevrolet and taken to the 7600-block of South Ashland. The victim was able to escape after exiting the vehicle.

"I have been in contact with this individual and he is stating that he wants to turn himself in," said Holmes.

ABC 7 asked Holmes if residents should be worried about this happening again.

"We have to always worry about things of this nature. We never know what's one mindset, but to my knowledge with this individual, he does want to turn himself in and try to clear up all allegations brought against him, but that's up to him, the state's attorney and the Chicago Police Department as they conduct the investigation," said Holmes.

Alderman Latasha Thomas said, "We are very concerned and deeply saddened by the events that have transpired in the ward concerning the two young teenagers. We are working diligently with the Chicago Police Department to try and apprehend and have the suspect turn himself in."

ABC 7 spoke with the mother of the 15-year-old female victim. She said her daughter was sexually assaulted at gunpoint. She says her daughter has now returned to school, but she is devastated and petrified about returning back to the community.