Man accused of touching women inappropriately in 5 Loop incidents

An ABC7 Eyewitness News Exclusive
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man was accused of inappropriately touching several women in the Loop last week.

Paris Dale, 28, was charged with five counts of aggravated battery in a public place after police said he was identified as the suspect in five separate incidents:

-12:20 p.m. on May 11 in the first block of West Madison Street
-12:30 p.m. on May 11 in the 100-block of South State Street
-1 p.m. on May 11 in the 100-block of South LaSalle Street
-1:45 p.m. on May 12 in the first block of North State Street
-3:15 p.m. on May 12 in the 100-block of North State Street

The second of the five victims spoke exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News Monday, though she did not want to be identified. Dale was arrested at State and Madison, where two of the five incidents took place.

"I felt both of his hands just grab them and snatch them down," the victim said of her attack.

On May 11, the 37-year-old victim was at the Pharmacy inside a CVS at State and Adams when a man she had just seen loitering outside ra up to her and pulled her leggings down.

"I turned around and I was stuck. I screamed 'What are you doing?' and they called security. He backed up, he looked at me, and smiled, and ran off," she said.

In the final incident Friday afternoon, Daley allegedly put his hand up a Macy's employee's skirt in the basement food court while she was on her lunch break. She had been checking emails on her phone when it happened.

"I'm wearing a skirt and his hand... his hand went in the middle part of my thigh and all the way up as far as his hand could go up my skirt. Then he just casually walked past as if he had done thing," said the employee, who did not want to be identified.

She said it was like an out of body experience, a terrible nightmare she wouldn't wish on anyone.

"It can happen anywhere. I just want everyone to please be aware of your surroundings," she urged.
Investigators said in the first incident, Dale touched the buttocks of a 48-year-old woman as she rode an escalator to the second floor of a store in the first block of West Madison. She told police when she turned around, he ran back down the escalator and out of the store. Surveillance cameras captured his face. A still image of the suspect was circulated to officers in the area.

On May 13, detectives investigating four reports of a man inappropriately touching women in the area saw Dale near Madison and State and stopped him because he matched the surveillance photo and the suspect's physical description. He was taken into custody.

In bond court Monday, prosecutors said Dale is homeless. He is being held on a $450,000 bond.
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