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Alleged South Side serial rapist held without bail

An alleged South Side serial rapist who Cook County prosecutors said targeted his mostly teenage prey as far back as 2009 was ordered held without bail Friday.

Kerwinn Cross allegedly assaulted at least four victims, often choking, slapping and hitting them on the head during the attacks, authorities said.

At his home on June 20, Cross allegedly ordered his dogs to chase a victim, but the animals did not listen to their master’s orders as the 25-year-old woman ran outside without her clothes on and called police.

Two days later, Cross and a woman he just had sex with, are accused of attacking a 16-year-old girl at his residence, in the 9300 block of South Normal, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Christy Brewer said.

Then on June 25, Cross approached a 15-year-old girl and took her to his home where he allegedly demanded a sex act, Brewer said.

When the girl refused, Cross allegedly raped her, placed a sharp object to her side and took her in his car before throwing her out on the side of the street, Brewer said.

In all three attacks last month, Cross allegedly approached his victims and ended up taking them home. It was unclear whether the woman and girls knew Cross, 28, but all three identified him as their attacker, according to court testimony.

The 16-year-old also identified Courtney Richardson as her other rapist, Brewer said. Richardson, 24, appeared in court over the weekend and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Cross, who police say goes by the street name “C Murder,” also is accused of attacking another woman four years earlier, Brewer said.

That woman, then 18, was about to enter her yard when Cross allegedly came up to her and struck her in the head.

He ended up driving her in a car with two others to a music studio near the 7900 block of South Western, Brewer said.

The woman tried to leave the studio, angering Cross, who ended up taking her to a car and raping her, Brewer said. He allegedly told her she had “disrespected him in front of his friends.”

Cross, a father of three, has two prior gun convictions and a drug conviction, authorities said.

Cross, a college student, also has a fiancé, an assistant public defender told Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil.

Kuriakos Ciesil said she was highly concerned that Cross’ attacks grew more violent and that his victims’ ages decreased over time.

Cross, who was arrested Thursday, is facing aggravated criminal sexual assault and attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault charges.

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