Man charged with groping woman on the Magnificent Mile

Chicago — Prosecutors have filed felony charges against a man who allegedly sexually abused a woman as she walked on the Magnificent Mile.

Daniel Juarez, 31, was held in lieu of a $1,000 bail payment by Judge David Kelly during a bond hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Juarez | Chicago Police Department

Officials said Juarez confronted the 26-year-old woman in the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue around 6 p.m. Monday. After mumbling something she couldn’t understand, Juarez allegedly grabbed and squeezed her breast. He then locked arms with the woman and pulled her closer to try to kiss her, according to prosecutors.

The woman broke free and called the police. Officers arrested Juarez about a block away five minutes later. Prosecutors said the woman had never met Juarez before.

An assistant state’s attorney told Judge Kelly that Juarez admitted to being sexually aroused and grabbing the woman and trying to kiss her.

Prosecutors charged Juarez with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery in a public place, felony resisting police, and three counts of misdemeanor resisting.

His public defender said he is homeless and has lived in Chicago for about ten years. The lawyer said Juarez is not able to pay anything toward bail. Should that change, Kelly said, Juarez must go on electronic monitoring.

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