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Prosecutors: 3-time rapist told girl, 14, to stop praying during attack

Terrell Rush | Chicago police photo

Terrell Rush | Chicago police photo

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Updated: November 21, 2013 6:57AM



An Indiana man has been charged in a sex-crime spree on Oct. 9 on the Far South Side that began with an attack on a mother and her 22-year-old daughter, a failed assault on an 11-year-old girl and the rape of a 14-year-old girl heading to her school bus just hours after the first attack, authorities said Saturday.

He threatened to kill his last victim, the 14-year-old, when she started praying during the attack, Cook County prosecutors said.

Terrell Rush, 26, of Lafayette, Ind., was ordered held without bail Saturday, charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon and one of criminal trespass to a residence.

The spree started around 3 a.m. Oct. 9, when the two women were attacked at their home in the 10300 block of South Emerald Avenue.

Prosecutors said Rush used a garbage can to climb in through a kitchen window, grabbed a knife from the kitchen, then walked to the bedroom of the 43-year-old mother, threatening her with the knife. She screamed, and her 22-year-old daughter rushed in. The attacker put a blanket over the mother’s head and raped her daughter, then attacked her again before taking some money and property from the home and leaving, according to prosecutors

The same man broke in to a home a few blocks away, in the 10100 block of South Green, where an 11-year-old girl told police she was awakened by noise and saw Rush come out from her bedroom closet. She screamed, and her dog barked, and the attacker ran off.

Later that morning, a 14-year-old girl was walking to her school bus stop in the 10000 block of South Peoria when a man put a knife to her throat. She cried and begged him not to rape her, but he pulled her to a nearby yard and began to attack her and threatened her when she started praying, according to prosecutors.

Rush, whose DNA was on knives used in the attacks according to prosecutors, was arrested Tuesday in Lafayette. He previously received probation for possession of a controlled substance.

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