Breaking: Charges filed in beating, sexual attack, and robbery of woman on Red Line

Antoine Jackson (inset) and CTA surveillance images of the attacker that were released by police on Jan. 2, 2020. | CPD

A Woodlawn man who was accused of pointing a realistic-looking BB gun at a Red Line passenger’s head in 2016 is now charged with robbing, beating, and sexually attacking a woman on the Red Line earlier this month.

Police this morning said they arrested 27-year-old Antoine Jackson yesterday after he was recognized as the man responsible for attacking the woman aboard a northbound Red Line train near the Morse station on Jan. 2.

Investigators released images of the attacker later the same day, including one that showed the victim with her hand wrapped around his neck. The release of those images was instrumental in identifying Jackson, police said in a statement today.

Earlier this month, police said the attacker began exposing himself to the victim as they traveled on the train around 9:57 a.m. The woman moved to a different car to get away, but the man followed her, struck her several times, touched her inappropriately, and then forced her to perform a sex act against her will, investigators said.

Jackson is charged with felony attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse, felony robbery, and felony aggravated battery in a public place. He is due in bond court this afternoon.

CWBChicago reported in June 2016 that Jackson had been charged with pointing a replica firearm at a Rogers Park man’s head as the two rode a Red Line train into the Addison station.

As officers approached, Jackson “was screaming ‘I only have a f*cking BB gun. You can’t lock me up for that,’” police said.

Contrary to his legal opinion, Jackson was indeed locked up for that and he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possessing a replica firearm.

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