Man is charged with sex attack days after cops release video of suspect

David Vega, inset, along with surveillance iamges of the attacker fleeing the scene. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Days after Chicago police asked the public to help them identify a sexual assault suspect, charges have been filed in the case. And, in a new detail, officials say Chicago police officers responding to 911 calls about a woman screaming for help interrupted the assault in progress.

Last Monday, CPD released the video below of a shirtless man jumping a fence and running down an alley after he sexually attacked a woman in the 2900 block of North Mango in Belmont Cragin. Now, prosecutors have charged 32-year-old David Vega with the crime and revealed the reason he was running was because the police had just arrived. They say he and the woman were strangers.

Vega walked up to the victim around 4:14 a.m. on May 28 and told her he’d been watching and following her, according to the state’s detention petition. He placed his hand over the woman’s mouth and picked her up, telling her he was going to rob her, according to the petition.

When she screamed, Vega allegedly threatened to kill her. But those screams were enough to draw the attention of neighbors, and they called 911.

As the attack continued, Vega removed the woman’s pants and ripped her undergarment as he committed sex acts and tried to rape her, according to the petition. When the police arrived and saw Vega on top of the woman, he ended the attack and fled, according to the petition.

After police learned of Vega’s identity, they included his picture in a photo line-up, and the victim selected him as the assailant, officials said.

Vega is currently on probation for a domestic battery case. He’s now charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Judge Deidre Dyer granted the state’s detention petition.

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