Man followed, tried to sexually assault woman in Bridgeport, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a Chicago man with trying to sexually assault a Bridgeport woman after following her from the Sox-35th Red Line station in November.

Judge Maryam Ahmad ordered Cameron Jernigan, 24, detained to await trial after hearing about the allegations in court Thursday afternoon.

The victim rode the train home late on Saturday, November 24, after going out and having some drinks, according to prosecutors. They said Jernigan, who did not know the woman, began following her as she made her way home from the train station.

Jernigan repeatedly grabbed the woman by her arm and hand, but she got away by smacking his hand and pulling her arm away, prosecutors said.

He eventually forced her into a parking lot behind the 3200 block of South Princeton.

Surveillance video showed Jernigan standing over the woman, removing his private part, and ordering her to perform oral sex, according to prosecutors.

They said the woman managed to create some space and stand up, which caused Jernigan to flee. She suffered bruising to her arms, legs, sides, and buttocks.

Cameron Jernigan | Chicago Police Department

Ahmad noted in her order that Jernigan was seen “following, grabbing, dragging, and forcing [the woman] to the ground” before he attempted to sexually assault her after dragging her to a secluded area.”

She added that she was concerned about public safety because Jernigan worked as an Amazon driver and would have contact with many people every day.

He faces charges of aggravated kidnapping with the intent to cause harm, attempted criminal sexual assault by force, and attempted criminal sexual assault resulting in bodily harm.

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