Good Samaritan pinned Blue Line groper until cops arrived, prosecutors say

Chicago — A Chicago man faces felony charges after he allegedly groped a woman on the Blue Line, only to be pinned to the ground by a good Samaritan who held him until police arrived. But the most serious charge Miroslav Horton faces is a felony for allegedly spitting in a cop’s face.

A 33-year-old woman told police that Horton, 24, grabbed her buttocks around 10 p.m. Friday at the Addison Blue Line station, 3622 West Addison. The male passenger then stepped in to assist the woman.

Miroslav Horton | Chicago Police Department; Jacob G.

Horton slapped him, prosecutors said, and the man took Horton to the ground.

Police arrived to find the good Samaritan pinning Horton to the ground. They took him into custody.

Prosecutors said Horton spit in the face of a cop as they placed him in a squad car, resulting in a felony charge of aggravated battery of a peace officer. He’s also charged with two misdemeanor battery counts—one for allegedly groping the woman and the other for slapping the man.

Prosecutors said he has been charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer before. He pleaded it down to a misdemeanor.

Horton’s public defender stated during a bail hearing on Saturday that he has lived in Illinois for about a year after growing up in Ukraine. He is currently out of work.

Judge Ankur Srivastava ordered him to pay a $1,000 bail deposit to get out of jail.

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