Sunday, August 23, 2015

Suspected Serial Rapist Arrested Friday (That's Why Sheridan Was Closed)

So that incident on the 5000 block of Sheridan on Friday where the officer was injured and the suspect's car crashed into a tree? It was the last part of a takedown of a suspected rapist.

There've been three incidents of sexual assault in Lincoln Park and on the Gold Coast in August, including one last Thursday morning. Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect. Members of the public identified him to the police as Isidrio Valverde, age 40, of the 5100 block of Sheridan. He works as a mechanic in Lincoln Park.

Police decided to arrest Mr. Valverde Friday morning as he left for work. He attempted to evade them on the 5000 block of Sheridan, and in the process ran his car into a tree and tried to run down a police officer. That's the scene our reader observed and sent us the photo and description that we ran on Friday.

Mr. Valverde was arrested on the scene and was later charged with one felony count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and bodily harm; one felony count of resisting and obstructing a peace officer; one misdemeanor count of reckless diving; one misdemeanor count of driving on a revoked license; one misdemeanor count of driving an uninsured motor vehicle; and was written up for failing to exercise due care while a pedestrian is on the roadway. DNAinfo reports additionally that "Prosecutors said Saturday that Valverde had previously been convicted of public indecency (2007), having a fake ID (2003) and two DUIs (1997)."

The police statement says that the officer injured in the takedown was brought to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.

A good job by the public and the police in getting this suspect off the streets. He was in court on Saturday and bond was set at $500K by Judge Laura Sullivan. His next court appearance is Monday. While he is being charged with one sexual assault and the violence that occurred during his arrest, police and prosecutors are investigating whether there is enough evidence to link him with the other sexual assaults.

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