Rape suspect recaptured by police
May 10, 2006 (WLS) -- A suspected rapist who escaped from police custody Wednesday morning is back behind bars. The escape triggered a massive manhunt in West Rogers Park. Officers scoured the community for hours before a resident spotted him.
Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect allegedly climbed into a woman's building in the 4100-block of North Sheridan. He broke into her apartment by pushing through drywall and then severely beat her with one of her kitchen knives and sexually assaulted her.
The suspect then forced her into her car -- a red Subaru -- and drove to an ATM at North Avenue and Halstead where he tried to use her card. During this time the woman managed to escape the car and the suspect fled.
Police spotted the red Subaru and started a chase that ended when the suspect crashed in the 4100-block of Keeler. Around 6 a.m., police took the suspect into custody, putting him in the back of a police wagon. But before they got him downtown he managed to escape out of the ventilation hatch in the roof. Officers tried to chase him on foot but he got away. That led to a massive manhunt in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.
"It They checked my neighbor's yard. They were going yard to yard. They checked my uncle's car. And we have -- they checked inside to make sure he's not hiding in there. It was very crazy," said Albert Youkhana, Resident.
Police even had nearby Armstrong school on lockdown while they searched for the suspect. It turns out the suspect was hiding in a tiny storage under Lucy Radycki's back porch. She says she had an intuition someone was hiding under there, so she went down to check. She was the one who scared him out.
"I just shouted, 'Get out from this place. I'm locking the door. So you will stay forever if you're there,'" said Lucy Radycki, Resident.
Moments later the suspect came running out while Lucy called 9-1-1. In less than a minute police had him in custody and on his way once again to the station.
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