Sexual assault victim identifies attacker after Facebook put his profile in her “People You May Know” section

A Chicago woman who was sexually assaulted at gunpoint by a stranger in November 2021 contacted Chicago police recently after her attacker’s name and photograph appeared in her Facebook “People You May Know” feed, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Mark Green, 48, is now charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault while armed with a weapon.

Green met the woman, now 39, on November 15, 2021, in the 6300 block of South Ashland, and she agreed to have sex with him for money, Assistant State’s Attorney Anne McCord said during Green’s bail hearing.

They drove to Green’s home, and the woman served Green alcoholic drinks for a while, as he requested, McCord continued. Later, they went to Green’s bedroom and engaged in consensual sex.

But Green was “displeased” with the woman’s “performance,” McCord said, and he pulled out a gun when she told him she was going to leave.

While holding the gun, Green sexually assaulted the woman, McCord alleged.

Mark Green | Cook County sheriff’s office; Facebook

He eventually permitted the woman to use the restroom, and she used the opportunity to run from the house. Chicago police officers found her running down the street, covered in a blanket.

Incredibly, McCord said, Green’s profile recently appeared in a collage of people that Facebook presented in her “People You May Know” section. The woman recognized Green’s profile picture and passed the information on to Chicago police.

McCord said the victim identified Green in a photo line-up Tuesday. Officers arrested Green at the Cook County Jail, where he has been held in lieu of a $3,000 bail deposit as he awaits trial for three separate cases that involve driving on a suspended license.

He has six felony convictions, including kidnapping and aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation in 2017 and two gun cases from the 1990s, McCord said.

But Green’s defense attorney questioned the state’s case, saying there is “a substantial problem with identification,” given that 18 months had passed since the alleged crime and the woman accused Green after seeing him on Facebook.

The lawyer said that Green, an auto mechanic, lives with his girlfriend and 6-month-old daughter.

Judge Charles Beach ordered Green to pay a $15,000 bail deposit to be released on electronic monitoring.

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