Chicago police are investigating after a 36-year-old woman was reportedly found handcuffed and chained to a wall inside an abandoned home Saturday evening in West Pullman. Police found her around 5:30 p.m. on the 11900 block of South Eggleston.
Antione “D-ice” Dobine said during a livestream of the initial police response that he heard the woman knocking on a window of the home, and called police to investigate.
In Dobine’s video, a police officer walks to the rear of the abandoned home with a large set of bolt cutters in his hand.
“She’s handcuffed and chained to a wall,” the officer says. Reports indicate police found the woman in a second-floor bedroom.
A fire engine and ambulance are seen in front of the abandoned home later in the video. It’s not clear how long the woman had been inside the home.
In an emailed statement, a CPD spokesperson said only that “a 36 year old female was discovered in an abandoned property … The victim was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition. This incident is still under investigation. No further information is available at this time.”
The woman was reportedly released from the hospital Sunday.
Police department records show officers classified the case as an aggravated criminal sexual assault. Evidence technicians recovered chain, religious-style candles, and other materials from inside home, according to a CPD report.
Dobine told livestream viewers that he was talking with another man when they heard beating on a window of the home. He repeatedly expressed concern about the number of abandoned homes in the area and suggested there could be other victims.
“If he don’t put her close to that window where she can knock on the window, we don’t hear nothing,” Dobine said. “He know next time, ‘I’m not gonna put her by the window.'”
Google Street View images show the home has been abandoned since at least 2007, the first year that an image of the location appears on the company’s mapping site.
Update: After publication of our story, WGN spoke with the woman. She told the station’s reporter that she had been retrained in the home for several days after encountering a man on her way to the store.