He sexually attacked 2 women in Lakeview less than 2 months after getting out of prison for sexual attacks on woman, teen: prosecutors

CHICAGO — A man paroled last month for sex-related crimes against a woman and a teenager is now accused of sexually attacking two more women in Lakeview on Monday evening.

As infuriating as those developments are, there is also this: Jeremy Mack has been accused multiple times of trying to abduct or restrain women and girls he did not know, but the cases only resulted in misdemeanor charges.

Just before 9 p.m. on Monday, a 25-year-old woman heard someone walking behind her in the 700 block of West Brompton in Boystown. Prosecutors say it was Mack. He passed the woman and then bent down to tie his shoe.

As the woman passed Mack, he attacked her from behind, wrapping his arms around her chest and threatening to shoot her if she screamed, prosecutors said. Mack grabbed the woman’s breasts and tried to put his hand down her pants, according to a detention petition. She told the police she could feel Mack’s erection against her back as he thrust his pelvis. Mack ran away when the woman screamed, prosecutors said.

Jeremy Mack (Chicago Police Department)

About 15 minutes later, Mack allegedly attacked a second woman in the 800 block of West Buckingham. He grabbed the 25-year-old from behind and threw her to the ground, causing her to suffer a minor concussion, the detention petition said.

As he climbed on top of the woman, she repeatedly scratched his face and chest while screaming for help. He ran away.

Mack still had scratches on his face when police arrested him, Judge Ankur Srivastava said as he granted the detention petition. Surveillance cameras recorded Mack in the area of both attacks, and both women identified him in photo line-ups, according to the judge’s order.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated battery in a public place, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Srivastava also pointed to Mack’s history of similar crimes, attacking women from behind or in their homes.

A review of Mack’s arrest history indicates that authorities have had multiple opportunities to pursue serious charges against Mack since 2014, but they frequently settled for misdemeanors.

In January 2014, prosecutors charged Mack with criminal sexual abuse of a victim between 13 and 17 years old near his Lower West Side home, but they dropped the case two weeks later. Details about that case were not immediately available.

But there are plenty of details about other attacks, all occurring within blocks of the 2014 case.

On June 11, 2021, Mack was accused of entering a 45-year-old woman’s home in the 2200 block of West 21st Street at 4 a.m. The woman, who said she had never seen Mack before, told police he grabbed her wrists and tried to force her into her bedroom, a CPD report says. He ran when she screamed for help.

Cops found him at a nearby bus stop, but prosecutors only charged him with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to a residence and battery. Then they dropped the case altogether.

Incredibly, while that case was still pending, Mack was accused of attacking a 15-year-old girl in the 2000 block of West 15th Street.

The girl was walking home from school, FaceTiming with her mother, when Mack grabbed her from behind, using both hands to cover her eyes, a Chicago police arrest report said. He wrapped his arm around the girl and forcefully pulled her toward him as her mother watched on FaceTime. Mack ran away after the girl started screaming and bit his finger, according to the report.

Chicago cops tracked Mack down three months later and asked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to charge him with attempted kidnapping. But prosecutors rejected felony charges in the case, opting instead to pursue a misdemeanor battery charge.

Mack pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 30 days time served.

It wasn’t until 2022 that prosecutors pursued serious charges against Mack.

Remember the girl Mack attacked as she FaceTimed with her mother? On April 26, 2022, that girl walked to school with her mother and sister. As they entered the 2100 block of West 19th Street, they noticed Mack following them, according to court records.

Prosecutors charged him with multiple counts of stalking. In another case, they accused him of attempting to sexually assault a woman during a home invasion in the 2200 block of West 19th Street.

Mack resolved both cases by entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors; he pleaded guilty to four counts of stalking and residential burglary. They dropped the more serious home invasion and attempted sexual assault charges.

On November 3, 2023, Judge Mary Brosnahan sentenced him to four years for burglary and four concurrent three-year sentences for the stalking charges. After receiving the standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and 630 days of credit earned while awaiting trial, Mack was paroled just four months later, on March 4. That’s less than two months ago.

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