CHICAGO — Authorities have identified the man that Chicago police say went on a one-man violent crime spree last Friday in which he sexually assaulted a woman, robbed others, and kidnapped three strangers from a South Loop condo building, then died after colliding with a CPD squad car.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the deceased man as Armond Freeman, 34, of the 10300 block of South Komensky. He died from injuries suffered in the crash, the office said.
A Facebook account associated with Freeman includes a video of him swinging a large knife outside the Clark-Division Red Line station within the past two weeks.
Violent crime spree
Chicago police said Freeman had battered and sexually assaulted a 48-year-old woman at knifepoint inside a condo building elevator in the 1500 block of South Wabash around 2:30 a.m. on December 15. An internal bulletin distributed within the police department said the victim was an off-duty police officer.
When two 27-year-old women came upon the attack in progress, he forced all three women into a condo unit at knifepoint and began to rob them, according to CPD. A 27-year-old man entered the residence as the robbery unfolded, and he, too, was robbed at knifepoint.
Police said the woman who had been sexually assaulted managed to escape and get to a hospital. But the assailant forced the remaining three victims into a Volkswagen Jetta that one of them owned, then drove to a Subway restaurant in the 700 block of West 31st Street.
There, he forced the man to join him as he robbed the restaurant cashier at knifepoint, slashing the clerk’s shoulder in the process.
Freeman fled, leaving the male kidnapping victim inside the restaurant, and drove away in the Jetta with the two female victims, according to officials. He soon slammed into a marked Chicago police squad car and continued driving until crashing into a field in the 3000 block of Pitney, police said. The Jetta rolled into the field, ejecting Freeman, who was found dead about 20 feet from the Volkswagen, according to a CPD crash report.
Freeman’s most recent criminal case in Cook County was a residential burglary. He received a five-year sentence for that in 2017.
While jailed on an attempted burglary charge in 2011, Freeman was beaten in a holding cell by a sheriff’s lieutenant, officials found. The lieutenant eventually received a four-month federal prison sentence for violating Freeman’s civil rights. Freeman received a one-year sentence for the burglary case, which was reduced to a theft charge in plea negotiations.
One of Freeman’s Facebook accounts, now labeled as a remembrance page, includes a video recently recorded outside the Clark-Division Red Line station.
In the video, Freeman is seen wearing a heavy winter coat, a winter cap, and a mask over the lower half of his face. As a rap soundtrack plays, Freeman moves back and forth, pulling out a large knife at one point, which he waves through the air and points toward the camera.
Police have not released any new details about last week’s crime spree, including any information about why Freeman may have targeted victims at that particular condo building.