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Police: Sexual assault suspect jumps in front of Red Line train

Chicago firefighters paramedics scene Saturday evening work free perswho was hit killed by Red Line tra87th Street stop February 18

Chicago firefighters and paramedics at the scene Saturday evening work to free a person who was hit and killed by a Red Line train at the 87th Street stop on February 18, 2011. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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A sexual assault suspect was killed Saturday night when he reportedly jumped in front of a CTA train on the South Side.

A southbound CTA Red Line train struck the man about 9:30 p.m. Saturday near the 87th Street station, CTA spokeswoman Wanda Taylor said.

He was dead on the scene after he reportedly jumped in front of the train, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Police identified the man as 32-year-old Theus Beal, who fled from the 8900 block of South Eberhart Avenue about 9 p.m. when officers responded to take a report from a teenage girl who accused him of sexual assaulting her earlier that evening at Beal’s home in the 0-100 block of East 121st Place, according to a police report.

After the alleged attack, Beal and the girl went to the Eberhart address, where he grabbed a butcher knife and threatened to harm himself with it after allegedly admitting to the assault, according to the police report. He told the people there that he was going to commit suicide and fled when officers began arriving the report said.

An autopsy is scheduled for later Sunday.

Power was shut off between the 79th Street and 95th Street stations, Taylor said, but normal service resumed as of 12:15 a.m. A shuttle bus service took passengers between those stations until 12:30 a.m.

Calumet Area detectives are investigating.



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