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Guilty plea in 2011 rape of suburban student near Congress Theater

Updated: November 2, 2013 6:24AM



One of three teenagers charged with beating, raping and robbing an 18-year-old north suburban student outside a New Year’s Eve concert on the Northwest Side in 2011 pleaded guilty on Monday.

Aanwar Barbour of Oak Park pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual abuse and one count of robbery, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell.

Judge Diane Cannon sentenced Barbour to six years in prison for the robbery and three years for the sexual abuse, with the sentences to run concurrently, Campbell said. Barbour was given credit for 569 days served behind bars since his arrest.

Barbour was 16 at the time the victim — an 18-year-old senior at Highland Park High School — was attacked on Dec. 31, 2011, after she was denied entry to a concert at the Congress Theater because she did not have an ID.

Also charged in the case are Terrance Ford, 15 at the time; and Charles Chuning, then 16. All three suspects were originally charged as adults with aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery, and were ordered held on $750,000 bonds.

Trials for the others are pending, with Chuning scheduled for a status hearing on Oct. 10, and Ford on Nov. 11, Campbell said.

The girl had gone with friends to a New Year’s Eve concert featuring DJ Rusko at the Congress, but after she could not get in, she stayed outside alone and was later seen sitting outside talking with a group of young men.

Chuning and five others joined Ford and Barbour at a Logan Square restaurant, where they met the victim, Assistant State’s Attorney Sean O’Callaghan said during bond proceedings in April 2012.

The victim was eventually helped outside the restaurant and, when a witness saw Ford and Barbour fondling her against a fence at Rockwell and Milwaukee, Chuning suggested they move “down the street,” O’Callaghan said.

The three took turns carrying the woman and when Chuning noticed she was bleeding from a fall, he dropped her in a bush, O’Callaghan said.

Chuning didn’t fondle, rape or rob the woman but helped carry her to the 2100 block of North Rockwell where Ford, of Chicago, raped her while Chuning and others watched in a semi-circle, authorities said.

Around 9:30 p.m., the victim was found beaten, bloodied, unconscious and naked on a lawn just up Rockwell from the theater. She was hospitalized in critical condition.

Between $70 and $90, and two rings were taken from her during the attack.

Barbour was arrested at Oak Park River Forest High School. Ford, who goes by the nickname “Sour Dizel,” was arrested at his apartment, according to the police. He was a sophomore at Foreman High School.

Chuning is a former De La Salle High student who attends boarding school in North Carolina, his attorney said.



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