Man charged with sexual attack on Orange Line train

Raul Garcia | CPD

A Chicago man has been charged with sexually attacking a woman as they rode the Orange Line in the Loop.

According to police and prosecutors, the woman was in her seat when a man she didn’t know walked up and began rubbing her private area with his hand around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 8.

When the woman told the man to stop, he told her, “I just wanted some. Give it to me,” Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Deboni said.

The man then pulled down the woman’s shirt and bra and began licking and kissing her breasts, Deboni said. When she tried to get up, the man allegedly used the weight of his body to push her back into the seat as he continued to lick and kiss her.

Deboni said the victim managed to call 911 and pull the train’s emergency switch, but the attacker pushed her to the floor when she tried to speak with the train operator.

But the conductor investigated the situation at the Roosevelt station and detained the offender until police arrived, Deboni said.

Prosecutors charged Raul Garcia, 29, with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint. A public defender said Garcia is homeless and has no criminal background.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered Garcia held in lieu of $150,000 bail. He must post $15,000 to get out of jail before trial and stay away from anyone under the age of 18, Marubio said.

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