Cicero man charged with attacking women in Wicker Park, Humboldt Park
SUN-TIMES MEDIA August 4, 2012 12:23PM
Chicago Police Dept. composite sketch of a suspect in a number of armed robberies and attempted sexual assaults in the Humboldt Park and Wicker Park areas. Vidal Rainey, 23, has been charged with a number of these crimes.
Updated: September 6, 2012 6:33AM
A Cicero man was ordered held without bond Saturday after he was arrested in connection with attacking 10 women.
Vidal Rainey, 23, was arrested after the armed robbery and attempted sexual assault of a woman in the Logan Square neighborhood early Monday. He has been charged in connection with numerous attacks on women in the Humboldt Park and Wicker Park areas.
Rainey faces the following charges: one count of robbery, seven counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, two counts of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, and two counts of aggravated unlawful restraint, police said.
He’s been identified as the attacker in 10 cases, but that number is expected to grow, authorities said.
Detectives published a community alert with a composite sketch of a possible offender on Monday.
At 1:10 a.m. Monday, Rainey approached a woman in the 2100 block of North Bingham Street, the release said. He allegedly ordered the victim to drop her mobile phone, then he took out a gun and while pointing it at her, demanded she give him cash. When the victim explained she had no money on her, Rainey allegedly demanded her ATM card, the PIN number, and her identification. He then allegedly tried to sexually assault the victim, police said, but when she resisted, he ran away. Authorities alleged that Rainey tried to use the ATM card unsuccessfully in the 900 block of North Pulaski Road.
During the investigation, police determined the man attacking the women was using a silver Pontiac during some of the crimes. Through video surveillance, the car was identified and located. An evidence technician recovered a fingerprint from the vehicle, which led to Rainey’s identification, police said.
Detectives were able to put together a photo array, and Rainey was identified as the offender in 10 cases, authorities said.