Two Women Sexually Assaulted At Gunpoint In Chicago’s Avalon Park Neighborhood

There was a sexual assault in the Avalon Park neighborhood (Chicago’s South Side) early Sunday (June 26, 2016) morning, according to Chicago Police.  Two women were sexually assaulted at gunpoint.

According to Chicago Police, the assaults occurred at 3:40 a.m. in the 8400 block of South Stony Island Avenue.

The assaults happened as two women were walking along and were approached by a man.  The man talked to them, and then followed the women as they went to their vehicle.

An excerpt from the June 29, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Cops warn of man who sexually assaulted 2 females“:

The females then entered a vehicle and at that point the male took out a gun. The male then entered the vehicle and ordered the females to drive to another location where he forced them to perform sex acts, said police.

The suspect is described as black, having a dark complexion, and has dreadlocks. He is believed to be in his early-to-mid 20s, about 5’5″ tall, and weighing 150-170 pounds.

Those with information concerning this Chicago sexual assault are asked to call the Chicago Police Area South Detectives at 312-747-8271.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the June 29 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Cops:  Man forced 2 to have sex at gunpoint in Avalon Park.”

8-Year-Old Girl Assaulted In Women’s Bathroom At Chicago Deli

There was an incident Saturday (May 7, 2016) at Jason’s Deli (in the 1200 block of South Canal Street in Chicago) involving an 8-year-old girl who was allegedly assaulted in the women’s bathroom at a Chicago deli.

An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article (with video) of May 13, 2016, titled “Man chokes 8-year-old girl in South Loop bathroom, police say“:

The girl was with her mother at the Jason’s Deli in the 1200-block of South Canal Street on Saturday, police said. The girl and her mother were inside the restroom separated by stalls around 1:15 p.m.

Police say 33-year-old Reese Hartstirn walked in and targeted the girl, choking her and trying to lock her in a stall. The mother heard her daughter scream and grabbed her.

Deli customers held Hartstirn until Chicago Police could arrive.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of May 13, 2016, titled “Man accused of choking girl, 8, in restroom of South Loop restaurant“:

Hartstirn, of the 500 block of North Racine Avenue, was charged with a felony count of aggravated kidnapping and a felony count of aggravated battery to a child under 13, according to the release.

He also was cited with a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault to a peace officer and a misdemeanor count of battery.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged Chicago assault can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com and Chicago Tribune articles mentioned above.

Sexual Relations Between High School Teacher’s Aide And Student In Bolingbrook

A teacher’s aide at Willowbrook High School has been charged for allegedly having sexual relations with a 16-year-old male student.  The incidents happened in the aide’s house.

Bolingbrook Police investigated after the student revealed to a school official that he had sexual relations with the teacher’s aide.

The aide has been identified as Elyse V. Snyder, 28, of Bolingbrook.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of May 13, 2016, titled “Villa Park high school teachers aide charged with sexual assault“:

Bolingbrook police said in a news release the victim and Snyder both admitted to having sex on two occasions early last month in Bolingbrook.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of May 13 titled “Willowbrook H.S. teacher accused of having sex with student“:

Elyse V. Snyder of the 100 block of North Ashbury Avenue is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault by a person in a position of authority and two counts of criminal sexual abuse based on the more than five-year difference in their ages, according to Bolingbrook police.

Additional details regarding these alleged sex crimes can be seen in the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune articles mentioned above.

Sexual Assault Of 15-Year-Old Girl In Jefferson Park

There was a sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood on Thursday (May 5, 2016) according to Chicago Police.

The sexual assault happened at approximately 5:00 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Balmoral Avenue.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of May 10, 2016, titled “Cops warn of man who attacked teen girl on Northwest Side“:

The girl was walking east on Balmoral when the man went up to her from behind, put his hand over her mouth and forced her toward an alley, according to the alert. The man grabbed the girl’s breasts and groin, but the girl broke free and ran away.

According to police, the suspect is described as Hispanic or black; having a light complexion; between 20 and 25 years old; and weighs 140-160 pounds. A distinguishing characteristic is a “shoehorn-shaped” scar over his right eyebrow. At the time of the sexual assault, he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, khaki shorts and running shoes.  He was carrying a black gym bag.

Anyone with information about the attack or the attacker is asked to call Chicago Police Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article above as well as the May 10 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Police:  15-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted In Jefferson Park.”

Alleged Sexual Assault By School Principal

A now-former principal at a Blue Island elementary school has been arrested and charged related to the alleged sexual assault of a former student.

The principal has been identified as Sam Berrios.

An excerpt from the April 8, 2016 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Sam Berrios, Blue Island principal, accused of student sexual assault“:

District 130 officials say they became aware of the allegations by a former student in January and placed Berrios on administrative leave. They contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and DCFS notified Blue Island Police.

Police arrested and charged Berrios earlier this week.

Another excerpt, from the nbcchicago.com article (with video) of April 8 titled “Suburban Elementary School Principal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Child:  School Officials“:

Berrios had been principal for seven years, and had submitted his resignation in December of 2015, effective at the end of the current school year. Details on the alleged assault were not immediately known, but the community is reeling from the news.

The investigation into this Chicago-area alleged child sexual assault continues.

Additional details regarding this alleged sexual assault can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago and ABC7Chicago.com articles mentioned above.