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.