Boystown: Fake Cop Tries To Sexually Assault, Rob Man Near Police Station; Suspect In Custody

A convicted felon posing as a Chicago police officer attempted to abduct, rob, and sexually assault a 21-year-old man in Boystown on Sunday morning, police said. An observant off-duty cop who thought the situation looked suspicious intervened and stopped the crime.

The suspect is in custody and charges are pending. A police department source said the 33-year-old man is on parole.

The offender approached the victim near the 19th District police station parking lot at 3625 North Fremont shortly after 5 a.m. and identified himself as a police officer, according to the department’s news affairs office. He told the victim that he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back.

The incident unfolded here, near the 19th District police station parking lot, a source said. | Google

Police said the suspect then groped and tried to rob and sexually assault the victim while threatening him.

The offender fled when an off-duty officer who saw the situation unfold approached the scene, the department said. On-duty officers located the suspect with the help of the off-duty cop and took him into custody near Waveland and Fremont minutes later.

Charges against the offender were pending tonight. A police source said officers were hoping to secure multiple felony counts.

CWBChicago will update this story as more information develops.

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