Man charged with rape, robbery, kidnapping after his mom recognizes him in Chicago police bulletin

CHICAGO — The decision by Chicago police detectives to release a surveillance image of a man wanted for kidnapping, robbing, and raping a woman on the West Side paid dividends quickly last week after the man’s mother turned him in, according to court records.

The 30-year-old woman was getting into her car in the 100 block of South Cicero when a man she did not know confronted her with a handgun around 5 p.m. on March 14, officials said. He demanded her phone and threatened to kill her if she did not get into the passenger seat of her car, a CPD arrest report said.

Officials said the man drove the woman to a home and made her go inside. There, he forced the woman to undress and raped her twice, according to official statements in court records.

After the attack, he took her back to her car and drove to the intersection of Lavergne and Monroe, where he bailed out and fled on foot, the CPD report said.

Last week, detectives released a surveillance image of a man they were trying to identify in connection with the case. The mother of 30-year-old Davaris Sims quickly contacted them.

Davaris Sims in 2020, left, and the surveillance image publicized by CPD. (Chicago Police Department)

Prosecutors said in a detention petition that she identified her son as the man in the picture. The victim subsequently identified Sims in a photo lineup, according to the petition.

CPD officers and the U.S. Marshals task force arrested Sims at his home, less than a block from the intersection of Lavergne and Monroe. They said they found a replica firearm in his pants pocket when they took him into custody.

Judge David Kelly granted the state’s detention petition, citing the random and violent nature of the alleged crime.

Sims is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault while armed with a firearm, aggravated kidnapping while armed with a firearm, and aggravated vehicular hijacking while armed with a firearm.

Cook County court records show 38 cases filed against Sims since 2011. Nearly all preceding cases were misdemeanors, and 14 were listed as domestic-related cases, many of which were quickly dropped.

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