Woman sexually assaulted at knifepoint in Old Town; Cops catch alleged offender on the run

Floyd Stewart is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint in the 200 block of W. Evergreen. | CPD; Google

An armed man confronted a woman at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her in an Old Town gangway on Wednesday night, police said. Charges have been filed.

The woman was walking in the 200 block of West Evergreen around 11:27 p.m. when the man threatened her with the knife and forced her into a passageway where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

A neighbor who heard the woman scream called 911 after looking out a window and seeing the victim’s purse lying unattended nearby. That phone call gave police a few precious extra moments that would later allow them to catch the alleged offender as he ran from the scene.

Police arrived in the area quickly enough to see 34-year-old Floyd Stewart running through an alley. Stewart was taken into custody in the 300 block of West Schiller after a brief foot chase. Police said they recovered a knife and the victim identified him as the attacker.

One police officer suffered minor injuries while taking Stewart into custody. The victim was treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Prosecutors charged Stewart with felony aggravated criminal sexual assault while armed with a weapon, four counts of resisting police, and three counts of aggravated battery of a police officer. He has been ordered held without bail.

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