CHICAGO (CBS) — A person has been charged within her truck on Saturday, after she stopped to get gasoline in the Little Village neighborhood, after which carjacking her postal car.
Cesar Ramirez, 44, is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated prison sexual assault, and one rely every of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery of a authorities worker, illegal restraint, vehicular hijacking, and possession of a stolen motorized vehicle. He appeared in bond courtroom on Wednesday afternoon and was ordered held with out bail.
Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan stated a postal worker was getting gasoline at a gasoline station in the 2800 block of South Pulaski Road in the Little Village neighborhood round 9:15 Saturday morning, when she was assaulted whereas in her USPS truck.
The sufferer was making an attempt to get into the truck when Ramirez, who was already inside, attempted to assault her, in keeping with Deenihan.
Police have stated Ramirez pulled her by the hair, and directed her to drive to a close-by parking zone or he would kill her, in keeping with prosecutors. Police say he then informed her to maneuver to the again of the van and eliminated her clothes. As she was making an attempt to flee by means of the rear of the van, he tried to beat her and eliminated a portion of her clothes, police stated.
The 28-year-old letter service fled the truck, and her assailant fled in her USPS car. The sufferer was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital for abrasions on her neck and launched shortly later.
“Thankfully, our letter carrier is doing okay, but we note that with any violent crime in the city of Chicago, it could have gone a different way. Thankfully this one didn’t, and we are very pleased that we are able to announce a quick apprehension, and quick arrest of the suspect responsible,” stated U.S. Postal Inspector Spencer Block.
That truck was recovered a short while later in the 4800 block of West Marquette, however Ramirez was gone. Police discovered his automobile nonetheless on the gasoline station and noticed mail together with his identify and deal with on it in plain view on the bottom of the automobile’s floorboards, in keeping with prosecutors.
Police later launched surveillance photographs of Ramirez, and authorities stated these photographs led to ideas from three relations of his who known as police to establish him. The similar relations stated they’d seen Ramirez hours after the assault sporting related clothes to what they noticed him sporting on the pictures.
“You know postal employees go out on the street every day, rain or shine, to serve their communities, and all they’re trying to do is earn an honest living. So when incidents like this happen … it is the utmost priority of the Inspection Service and Chicago Police to keep our community safe,” Block stated.
Mack Julian, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Chicago known as the incident a “perfect situation” to make an instance of somebody who attacked a postal worker.
“There was a time when postal police would make rounds when we were out there on assignment,” Julian stated. “We want to see that again.”
Block was not optimistic about that plan, saying it was not attainable for police to guard each postal worker always of the day.
Deenihan stated Ramirez has eight earlier arrests, and two prior convictions, together with a 2001 residence invasion and attempted prison sexual assault. Ramirez can be a registered intercourse offender, in keeping with prosecutors.
His subsequent courtroom date is scheduled for Nov. 14.