Oak Park police nab suspected groper

Chicago man believed to be connected to five separate incidents

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department has arrested a Chicago man and charged him with one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident on Monday, Aug. 12, where he allegedly groped a woman from behind.

The man reportedly grabbed a woman's buttocks and fled on foot, but video surveillance of the incident led to the man's arrest.

Wednesday Journal newspaper does not report the names of those charged with misdemeanors.

Oak Park police say the description of the man arrested matches the description of the man who groped four other women in Oak Park earlier this month. The man was arrested after being pulled over by police for a traffic violation on Aug. 13.

Police report that none of the five victims could identify the man, but he reportedly implicated himself in the Aug. 12 incident after being stopped by police.

He also was charged with one count of driving on a revoked license.

The Aug. 12 incident took place just after 8 a.m. The victim was walking south on Humphrey Avenue from South Boulevard, when she saw the man cross the street, come up from behind her and grope her.

A private video surveillance camera captured images of both the man matching the description given by the victim and a white sedan believed to be owned by the offender.

The other four incidents took place earlier this month – one on Aug. 7 near Lombard Avenue and Madison Street and three on Aug. 9.

One of the victims did not file a police report. The other two incidents took place on Wesley Avenue near Madison Street and on Euclid Avenue near Pleasant Street.

tim@oakpark.com

 

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