Prosecutors: Man sexually assaulted women in River North, Streeterville after meeting online

Rene Chandler, also known as Nayron Gonzalez, was arrested last week in River North. | CPD; Wikicommons

A South Side man has been charged with sexually assaulting two women in separate attacks downtown this year. Both victims allegedly met the man online and were attacked after meeting with him in person at high-rise condos.

Rene Chandler, also known as Nayron Gonzalez, 29, is charged with one count of Class X felony criminal sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of felony criminal sexual assault-consent.

Prosecutors said that last Saturday, Chandler texted a 26-year-old woman and invited her to meet him in a condo in the 800 block of North LaSalle. When the woman arrived, Chandler began touching the victim inappropriately and tried to engage in sexual relations, the victim said. When the woman walked toward the door, Chandler threw her down on a couch and sexually assaulted her, according to charges. The victim said she was able to get away when Chandler got off of her.

When the victim awoke the next day, she reportedly felt pain in her body and she talked with a leasing agent at the building about happened. Police were called and they arrested Chandler based on her allegations.

Police learned during the arrest process that Chandler was a person of interest in another sexual assault case that was reported in Streeterville earlier this year.

On April 22, a 22-year-old Villa Park woman flagged down police near the 400 block of East Ohio. The woman told the officers that she men “Nayron” on social media and came downtown to attend a party on the 20th floor of a nearby high-rise.

Chandler allegedly tried to have sex with the woman and struck her with his hands and feet when she declined. She was thrown against a wall and Chandler sexually assaulted her before following her out of the apartment and into the street where he struck her again, according to prosecutors.

Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered Chandler held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He will need to post $10,000 to go free before trial. He is due back in court on September 10th.

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