During the attack, [Jason] Gurneau slammed the victim's head to the ground after pushing her from behind, Dickler said. When she began screaming, he stuck his fingers down her throat. He hit her in the head and face, grabbed her purse and began to leave, but turned around and choked the woman, Dickler said. He slammed her against a building, ripped off her undergarments and sexually assaulted her.Thankfully for everyone, the judge declared him "a danger to the community" and ordered that he be held without bond. The article also details the injuries the victim received in the attack, which are disturbing. A police officer who was trying apprehend him also received injuries.
The Tribune also mentions that Gurneau was released from prison and put on parole in October, from a forgery conviction. He suffers from a mental disorder and does not work.
Most distressing are Jason Gurneau's statement to both the authorities and the man who called the police and went to help the victim. According to the article: "After his arrest, Gurneau told authorities he should have "finished the [expletive] off" and also said he "should have beaten the [expletive] out of her," according to Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Dickler."
According to Tom Schabow, who posted on UU's Facebook page, "Actually what he said was, 'This bitch was walking alone at night and had a house to go to while I am living on the streets, she deserved it and [I] would have finished the job.'"
We are really, really happy this guy is off the streets indefinitely. Uptown's a safer place because of his absence. The victim remains in our thoughts.