DNA links man to sexual assault of woman who was celebrating in River North last summer, prosecutors say

A woman who went out for a celebration with classmates in River North last summer was later sexually assaulted by at least two men in a hotel room, prosecutors said. DNA testing led to charges against one man this week.

Frederick Djirackor, 43, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault. Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered him held without bail.

Frederick Djirackor | CPD

After drinking at a Loop hotel on July 3, 2021, the woman, friends, and classmates headed to Joy District, a club in River North, around 9 p.m., Assistant State’s Attorney Danny Hanichak said.

The 24-year-old woman was the only member of the group still at the club when she met a man named “Billy” around 2 a.m. She eventually ordered an Uber, but someone canceled it, and she ended up in a hotel with him.

They were kissing when two men she had never met entered the room and one of them said, “I want to get in on that.”

The men forced her facedown on the bed and at least two of them sexually assaulted her, Hanichak continued.

In pain and crying, the woman promised not to tell anyone if the men let her go. One of them told her he knew people in Texas, where the woman is from, and threatened to have them hurt her if she told anyone.

She escaped the room with her phone and a shirt she grabbed. Hanichak said she immediately outcried in a Facetime conversation with a friend who was with her earlier. CPD and the fire department responded to a 911 call and took her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Lab testing on the shirt and the contents of a sexual assault kit showed three DNA contributors on the shirt and two male DNA contributors on each of the two swabs taken from her body.

Djirackor’s DNA was on both swabs, Hanichak said. Police are still looking for two other men.

During an interview with police this week, Djirackor allegedly admitted to being at the hotel and said he “may have” received oral sex from the woman, but he denied having sex with her, according to Hanichak.

Djirackor’s defense attorney said he has two teenage children and works for a shipping company and Uber Eats. He also volunteers at a local girls club, the attorney said.

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