Woman fights off would-be rapist
December 20, 2006 (WLS) -- It was an attacker versus a very determined woman in the southwest suburbs. In this case, the woman refused to be a victim, and she won. The images of that attack were captured by a surveillance camera.
Security cameras capture Christine Sanborn returning to her car Tuesday night. Then, moments later, a man parked next to her walks up, opens her door and struggles to try to get her to go with him.
"He said that he was gonna rape me and kill me," said Sanborn.
Terrified, but determined, Sanborn locked her arm inside the steering wheel and started screaming and honking the horn.
All the while, the security cameras at the Ingalls Park food store were rolling.
"I just kept thinking of my kids and my husband. I wasn't gonna let him take me somewhere," Sanbord said.
Finally, the attacker gave up and took off. Sanborn kept her wits about her enough to get his license plate number as he drove off, and in less than an hour, police arrested 32-year-old Leonel Saavedra of New Lenox.
"This guy said something to her to the effect of 'Don't say nothing,' took of in the car. She had the wherewithal to get a personal description, clothing description, vehicle description and the license plate," said Paul Kaupas, Will County Sheriff.
"He told me don't call police. And he was smiling. That was the worst part is he was smiling," said Sanborn.
The store security cameras also taped Saavedra earlier in the evening as he bought beer.
Saavedra is charged with vehicular invasion and aggravated assault and battery, both felonies. He is being held on $150,000 bond.
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