November 11, 2014

Alleged sexual assailant arrested

The suspected perpetrator of two sexual assaults that occurred near campus was arrested Thursday by the Chicago Police Department. The two assaults took place on October 31 and November 5 at the 5700 and 5800 blocks of Lake Shore Drive, respectively.

The man, identified by the Chicago Tribune as Raekwon Franklin, 17, reportedly attacked his two victims, both women in their 50s, as they finished their runs on the walking path near Lake Shore Drive. In addition, one victim’s cell phone was stolen. Both were treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center. The first assault occurred at 11:10 a.m., and the second occurred at noon.

Franklin is being charged as an adult and is being held on $400,000 bail.

The case was handled by the Chicago Police Department, although the attacks took place very close to the University of Chicago Police Department’s (UCPD) extended patrol boundary. The UCPD primarily patrols the University of Chicago campus, but extended patrols are bounded by Lake Shore Drive to the east, according to the UCPD’s website.