10 year sentence for sex offender who tried to abduct a woman in the West Loop

CHICAGO — A registered sex offender has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to kidnap a woman from a West Loop street last year.

Quavon Ewing, 34, also pleaded guilty to grabbing another woman on a downtown Chicago street corner and pouring a cup of urine over the head of a third woman at a Loop CTA station. He told the third woman that she “deserved it,” prosecutors said.

Ewing’s sex offender status stems from an incident in the summer of 2017. He was charged with criminal sexual abuse and other crimes for allegedly grabbing women as they walked in the South Loop. Court records show that he got a three-year sentence for sexual abuse and another two years for aggravated battery.

Last September, Chicago cops arrested him for failing to maintain his sex offender registration with the state. Judge Maryam Ahmad released him on his own recognizance the next day.

Less than 24 hours later, Ewing stood next to a minivan in the 100 block of West Roosevelt, peeing into a cup. 

Prosecutors said he grabbed a 35-year-old woman by the shoulders as she passed the van on her way to the gym. He put her in a bear hug, moaned, and called her “baby” until she bit him on the neck and hit him with her phone.

Quavon Ewing (inset) and CTA surveillance images of the kidnapping suspect that were released by Chicago police. | Chicago Police Department

Minutes later, a 45-year-old woman saw Ewing standing beside the van in the 200 block of South Sangamon as she returned from Starbucks. Prosecutors said he jumped in front of her, grabbed her by the shoulders, and tried to force her into the van.

The woman screamed and fought so hard to avoid being put into the van that she pulled part of the vehicle off. When a passing rideshare driver tried to help the woman, Ewing allegedly threatened them with an object and drove away. A nearby resident captured footage of his escape on video:

About 15 minutes after that, CTA cameras recorded Ewing as he urinated into a cup at a CTA station in the Loop. He carried the cup with him and poured its contents over the head, face, mouth, and purse of a 25-year-old woman who was entering the station, prosecutors alleged.

“You deserve it,” he told the woman.

Chicago police detectives released surveillance images from the CTA station and asked people to help identify the man. Ewing was soon in custody.

Yesterday, December 20, he pleaded guilty to kidnapping by threat or force and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place, according to court records.

Judge Jennifer Coleman handed down sentences of ten years for the kidnapping and five years for the battery charges, which she combined into one. The court record is unclear about whether Ewing will serve the sentences concurrently or consecutively.

Prosecutors dropped the sex offender registration violation in their plea deal with Ewing.

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