Downtown Update: Sexual assault reported in Loop; “Chicago Fire” crew threatened with knife; more…

Police are investigating after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in the Loop on Friday night. The 28-year-old victim was walking in the first block of North Franklin when two men forced her part of the way into a dark-colored SUV around 11:45 p.m., police said. The offenders then sexually assaulted the woman. No one is in custody and the victim declined medical treatment, according to police.

Man Threatens “Chicago Fire” Crew Member With Knife

McDonald | CPD

A “Chicago Fire” crew member was threatened with a knife when she tried to stop a man from breaking into one of the TV show’s production trailers in the Loop, police said. The 24-year-old woman was working in a trailer in the 100 block of North Wabash on July 27th when she heard noise coming from the back. The woman stepped outside and found 51-year-old Burt McDonald trying to climb into the trailer, according to charges.

Once the woman intervened, McDonald pulled out a knife, which he waved at her and in the air, prosecutors said.

McDonald was arrested a short time later when he returned to the film set. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and released on a recognizance bond.

Parolee Charged With Slashing Whole Foods Security

Moore | CPD

A six-time convicted felon is charged with shoplifting and slashing a loss prevention worker with a knife at the Streeterville Whole Foods, 255 East Grand, on July 29th. The security guard suffered cuts to his hand and fingers, police said.

George Moore, 34, was arrested the following day when patrol officers saw him walking in the Near North neighborhood. He was charged with felony aggravated battery of a merchant; felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon; and misdemeanor retail theft.

Judge David Navarro ordered him held without bail and the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a warrant for his return to prison, according to court records.

Moore was paroled on April 12th after serving time for escaping electronic monitoring and shoplifting. He was previously sent to prison for shoplifting in 2014; 2012; and 2009. He was also sentenced to six years for robbery in 2009.

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