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Man charged with holding mentally handicapped woman hostage

Updated: August 3, 2011 7:38PM

A 36-year-old Rogers Park man was arrested on June 10 and charged with keeping a mentally disabled woman in his car for four days without food and forcing her to perform acts of prostitution.

Bond was set at $250,000 on Sunday for Chester Nelson of the 1700 block of W. Albion. He is charged with involuntary servitude.

The 20-year-old victim from Crystal Lake was in town visiting a friend and was picked up by suspect Chester Nelson, according to prosecutors, who said she is mentally handicapped with the mind of a 12-year-old.

Nelson is accused of holding the victim in his car from June 6-10, forcing her to work as a prostitute.

According to a court report, a witness tried to offer the victim a bus pass so that she could escape, but Nelson snatched it out of her hand, telling the victim that she would never get to leave.

The woman was finally able to access her cell phone and call her father, who called police.

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