Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a man with sexually attacking a Streeterville woman who was walking home from a show at the House of Blues over the weekend. Police arrested Joshua Almore, 31, after a man called 911 upon seeing the attack while walking his dog, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
The alleged victim, age 57, walked home from the House of Blues at Marina City around 1:30 a.m. Sunday because she could not find a cab. Somewhere along the way, Almore approached her and started talking to the woman, but she told him to go away, Murphy said. Instead, Almore continued to follow her.
About a block from her home, the woman tripped. Almore “jumped on her and took her to the ground,” Murphy said. He allegedly straddled the woman, lifted her shirt, kissed her breasts and licked her nipple.
At that point, the man who was walking a dog heard the woman screaming for help and say, “rape,” according to Murphy. The witness confronted Almore and told him to get off, but he didn’t, Murphy said.
Police arrived within a minute of the witness’ 911 call while Almore was still standing over the woman, Murphy continued.
Almore allegedly told police he had been drinking and approached the woman for a “consensual encounter” and put his hand up her shirt.
The woman suffered a broken wrist and significant bruising on her legs and head because of the attack, Murphy said.
Almore faces one felony count of criminal sexual abuse.
His defense attorney, who called the allegations “clearly out of character,” said he lives with three roommates and busses tables for a restaurant at Trump Tower.
Judge Kelly McCarthy set bail at $250,000 with electronic monitoring. Almore must post 10% of that amount to go home on an ankle monitor.