Forced into gangway, woman freed herself after passing motorist honked at assailant: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Chicago man grabbed a woman and tried to force her toward a gangway in Ukrainian Village but released his grip when a passing motorist honked their horn at him.

The woman saw Marcus Reeves ahead of her, one hand in his pants and a beer in his other hand, as she walked in the 800 block of North Western Avenue around 10 a.m. Wednesday, officials said

As she got closer, Reeves grabbed the woman’s arm and pushed her backward, Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Sorrentino said during Reeves’ bail hearing.

The woman tried to pull away, but he tightened his grip and ordered her not to move as he forced her toward a gangway, Sorrentino alleged.

He said Reeves, 51, had the woman pushed against a brick wall when the passing motorist honked their horn, giving the woman a chance to break free. Surveillance cameras recorded the incident.

Sorrentino said the woman filed a report at a Chicago police station.

About an hour later, cops were dispatched to a 911 call of a man pleasuring himself near a playground with children present. It was Reeves, Sorrentino said, and the officers arrested him.

Marcus Reeves is accused of grabbing the woman in the 800 block of North Western Avenue. | Chicago Police Department; Google

He’s charged with felony unlawful restraint and misdemeanor counts of public indecency and retail theft.

Sorrentino said Reeves has four recent misdemeanor convictions, including three this year for battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and assault.

Judge Charles Beach set bail at $75,000 on the new allegations plus $60,000 for violating probation in the misdemeanor battery case. Reeves must post $13,500 to get out of jail.

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