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Great Dane rescues 14-year-old girl

A man walking his Great Dane, Scooby, rescued a 14-year-old girl who was being attacked in the Logan Square neighborhood Thursday afternoon and then held the attacker at bay until police arrived.

The alleged attacker, Larry E. Smith, 28, of the 3700 block of South Wells, was ordered held on $200,000 bond on Friday.

The attack happened at 4:44 p.m. in the 2800 block of North Whipple Street, according to Shakespeare District police Capt. Marc Buslik.

The girl had just gotten off the Diversey Avenue bus and was walking home when she noticed a man beginning to follow her, police said. Smith allegedly ran towards the girl and lunged at her as she ran up a set of stairs to her building, authorities said.

“He grabbed her and threw her to the ground,’’ Buslik said.

The building’s owner said Friday afternoon she heard the girl scream, and saw the man try to kiss her, before he ran away when confronted by the neighbor and his dog.

The neighbor “is very brave,” the building owner said.

The man and his dog cornered Smith in an alley and held him until police arrived, authorities said. The girl was not seriously injured.

Smith was charged with one count of attempted criminal sexual assault.

Smith has three drug felony convictions and was convicted in 2009 of public indecency for which he spent nine days in Cook County Jail, authorities said.



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