Man held without bail for alleged sexual assault in Boystown
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter April 16, 2014 2:29PM
Marcus Lynch / photo from Chicago Police
Updated: April 17, 2014 3:01AM
A South Side man was ordered held without bail Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting and robbing a woman at knifepoint after he followed her out of a Lake View gas station convenience store earlier this week.
Marcus Lynch, 20, was captured on camera at the store where the victim was also seen on tape minutes before Monday’s late afternoon attack, Cook County prosecutors said. Lynch also was caught on CTA surveillance footage near the incident and a latent print matching Lynch’s was found on the truck in the garage where the victim was raped, Assistant State’s Attorney Pierina Infelise said.
The 22-year-old was walking northbound through an alley back to her home when she heard someone behind her and saw Lynch running toward her in the 3500 block of North Halsted Street, Infelise said.
Lynch allegedly grabbed the woman from behind, wrapped his arms around her neck and put a double blade knife to her neck before dragging her into a garage, Infelise said.
He then ordered the woman to give him her purse and told her not to look at him, Infelise said.
After the woman handed Lynch her purse, Lynch put the knife on top of the vehicle in the garbage and allegedly raped her.
The woman was able to text her boyfriend for help before Lynch took her phone, pushed her down and fled, Infelise said.
The woman eventually sought help at a coffee shop where an employee called 911.
She was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries, including an abrasion to her face and redness and soreness to her neck.
Lynch, of the 4700 block of South Loomis Boulevard, was positively identified by the victim and admitted what he had done to detectives and another person, Infelise said.
Lynch is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and used to work at the YMCA, said assistant public defender Sandra Bennewitz. He is on workers compensation after he was injured on the job, Bennewitz said.