Surveillance photos of a male police say is suspected in the robbery and sexual assault of a woman aboard a Blue Line train Monday, April 20, 2015. (Chicago Police Department)
A woman who boarded a CTA train in Oak Park on Monday afternoon was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by a 15-year-old boy, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.
The entire incident on the eastbound Blue Line train was captured on CTA video that clearly showed middle school student DeShawn Isabelle’s face, prosecutors said.
Isabelle’s mother recognized him from surveillance photos released publicly by the CTA after the attack, confronted her son and then took him to authorities Wednesday morning, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Joe DiBella.
The woman, 41, suffered a concussion and cuts and bruises all over her body as Isabelle repeatedly struck her in an otherwise empty “L” car, DiBella said. He also stole $2,000 in cash she planned to wire back to her family in Southeast Asia, he said.
Isabelle, who was charged as an adult, used the money to buy clothes and junk food and pay for graduation expenses, DiBella said.
Judge James Brown ordered him held on $1 million bail on felony charges of aggravated sexual assault and robbery.
The woman boarded the train at the Oak Park station at 3:10 p.m. Monday, entering a car containing only Isabelle, who boarded the train in Forest Park, according to DiBella.
Isabelle walked up from behind the woman and began punching her in the head, DiBella said. He grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the floor, where she crouched in a fetal position in an effort to protect herself as Isabelle pummeled her with punches to her face and head, according to the prosecutor.
The teen groped the woman, sexually assaulted her and then sat on her head and continued beating her, he said.
When the train stopped at the next station, Isabelle held the woman down to keep her from getting up, DiBella said. No one boarded the car.
Isabelle continued to punch, kick and stomped on the woman as she lay face down, demanding money from her, DiBella said. He then took the $2,000 from her purse and stole her iPhone.
Once Isabelle exited the train at the Cicero stop, the woman pulled an emergency button on the train, DiBella said.
After his mother turned him in to authorities, Isabelle confessed to beating the woman, sexually assaulting and robbing her, DiBella said.
Police recovered the victim’s phone after Isabelle told them where he discarded it. A search of his home also found the jacket Isabelle was captured on video wearing at the time of the attack, DiBella said.
Following the bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Isabelle’s mother declined to comment but later began shouting at DiBella as he read the prosecution’s version of the case in front of TV news cameras.
Officers arrest a suspect in connection with the CTA Blue Line assault on Wednesday afternoon, April 22, 2015. (WGN TV)
“Don’t talk that (expletive) about my child,” she said, before being told to leave by a sheriff’s deputy. “Quit talking all of that (expletive) on the (expletive) news.”
Chicago police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a CTA Blue Line train April 20, 2015, shortly after 3 p.m. (WGN TV)
Police seeking information about suspect in rape, robbery aboard Blue Line train.
Police have released surveillance photos of a man they say sexually assaulted and robbed a woman on a Blue Line train between the Cicero and Oak Park stops.
The 41-year-old woman boarded an eastbound Forest Park branch train at the Oak Park Avenue station about 3:10 p.m. Monday, police said in an alert. “Shortly thereafter,’’ she was attacked by a man who knocked her to the floor and sexually assaulted her, police said.
No other passengers were in the car at the time, police said.
The man took the woman’s iPhone and cash and fled the train two stops later at the Cicero Avenue station and boarded a westbound train to the Austin Boulevard stop, where he exited, the alert said.
The man is described as black, wearing a gray and blue Columbia jacket, blue jeans and gym shoes with green laces, the alert said.
“We are working closely with the police and assisting in any way possible,’’ CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.
Anyone with information can call police at 312-744-8261. Anonymous tips can be submitted to tipsoft.com.
Published on Apr 21, 2015
Paper removes description of black suspects in beating.
One minute the paper described how a white man was critically beaten and his car was stolen by six black men.
The next, the descriptions were scrubbed.
Chicago police on the scene where a 43-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood. (Quinn Ford, Chicago Tribune)
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At least 19 people shot since Friday morning
Man shot to death in Little Village neighborhood
One man was killed, and at least four others were wounded in shootings across the city since Saturday afternoon.
The fatal shooting happened about 5:20 a.m. in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
A 43-year-old man was shot in the head in the 2300 block of South Washtenaw Avenue, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Further details were not immediately available.
Police said the man had a lengthy arrest history and was a documented gang member.
Following the shooting police taped off a stretch of Washtenaw Avenue near 24th Street and searched a minivan parked near the corner.
Early Sunday, no one was in custody in connection with the man’s slaying. Less than a year ago, a 16-year-old boy was gunned down on the corner in what police said was a shooting between rival gangs.
In non-fatal shootings, two people were wounded in the 2700 block of North Lavergne Avenue early Sunday in the Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
A 34-year-old woman and a man in his 20s were walking on the street about 6:35 a.m. when someone got out of a vehicle and opened fire, police said. The woman was shot in the head, and the man was hit multiple times. Both were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said.
Hours earlier, a 21-year-old man walked into Roseland Community Hospital about 12:35 a.m. Sunday after he was shot in his buttocks.
The man told police he was walking in the 100 block of West 127th Street in the West Pullman neighborhood when he heard gunfire and felt pain. The 21-year-old drove himself to the hospital where his condition was stabilized, police said.
Saturday afternoon, a man was wounded on the West Side in the Austin neighborhood.
The shooting happened about 3:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Massasoit Avenue, said police spokeswoman Bari Lemmon.
The 24-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition was stabilized, Lemmon said.
The man, 24, was shot after he got into an argument with another man. Early Sunday, a 21-year-old “person of interest” was being questioned, police said.
No one was in custody in either shooting as of early Sunday.
At least 19 people have been shot since Friday morning. Five people were shot in separate attacks Saturday.
Cook County prosecutors say a gang member repeatedly stabbed a Safe Passage worker with a box cutter while he was on-duty outside a North Side school.
Mauricio Aguilar-Sanchez and another man approached the victim on March 24 as he worked outside Amundsen High School, 5159 North Damen Avenue, prosecutors said.
The three argued and at some point, 23-year-old Aguilar-Sanchez allegedly took out a box cutter and began cutting the Safe Passage worker’s hand before fleeing with his cohort.
The victim had to have 18 stitches as a result of the attack, prosecutors said.
He can no longer feel anything in his left thumb, and only has partial feeling remaining in his left pointer finger, prosecutors said.
Aguilar-Sanchez was arrested on Friday and was later identified by the victim, prosecutors said.
On Saturday, Aguilar-Sanchez, of the 6500 block of North Claremont, was ordered held in lieu of $90,000 bail on aggravated battery charges.
Aguilar-Sanchez is a self-admitted gang member, according to a police report.
Twenty-year old man was arrested in Kansas following a FBI sting operation. There have been a number of arrests throughout the country over the week of men and women accused of planning attacks in the US or attempting to join ISIS.
John T. Booker Jr, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to destroy via a bomb a federal building and attempting to provide “material support” to the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL).
He was allegedly preparing to detonate a bomb at Fort Riley, a US Army base near Manhattan, Kansas, US Attorney Barry Grissom announced Friday.
Sources familiar with the investigation told ABC news that it was a “classic sting,” and that the public was never at risk.
FBI noticed Booker in March 2014, after he posted messages on Facebook about getting “killed in jihad.” A FBI informant who approached him in October 2014 alleges Booker hatched a number of plots to kill American soldiers after enlisting in the US Army.
Last Friday, the FBI arrested a Philadelphia woman for attempting to join the Islamic State, after she tweeted about it. The day before, FBI agents in New York arrested two women plotting an ISIS-inspired bomb attack.
Over the past two years, nearly 50 Americans have been charged either with plotting attacks inspired by ISIS, or trying to join the group, according to ABC.
In late March, federal agents arrested two cousins in Chicago – one a member of the Illinois National Guard – for allegedly plotting ISIS-inspired attacks. A week earlier, a US Air Force veteran in New Jersey was arrested over an ISIS plot as well. He reportedly had over 180 jihadist propaganda videos on his laptop.