Suspect in custody for Washington Hts. sex assaults - New York News

Suspect in custody for Washington Hts. sex assaults

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man suspected of three sexual assaults just hours apart last week in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the South Side has been taken into custody in Indiana, police said Tuesday.

The man is awaiting extradition from Lafayette, Ind., and has not yet been charged, police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said. His name has not been released because no charges have been filed.

The sexual assaults occurred mere blocks from each other during a three-and-a-half hour window beginning about 3 a.m. Oct. 9, according to police. A man first attacked two women at their home in the 10300 block of South Emerald Avenue, police said.

After sneaking in through an open kitchen window, he sexually assaulted the two—ages 43 and 22—while the slept, police said.

He attacked a 14-year-old girl several hours later after failing to sexually assault an 11-year-old girl in her bedroom, police said.

The 11-year-old's father told officers he was at home in the 10100 block of South Green Street when he heard a dog barking and his daughter scream, police said.

He ran to the girl's room and saw a man peeking out of her closet, police said. The suspect then jumped out of the same window he had apparently crawled through and ran down the block.

There, the 14-year-old girl walking to a bus stop to catch a ride to school about 6:40 a.m., police said.

As the man exited an alley in the 10000 block of South Peoria, he approached the girl from behind, putting a knife to her throat and taking her to a nearby yard where the sexual assault took place, police said.

All three victims were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital. The 11-year-old girl was not injured.

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