River Forest police arrested a homeless man after he allegedly forced a 37-year-old woman into his vehicle, police said Friday.
At about 7:50 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 1300 block of William Street for a report of a woman screaming, according to police reports. After initially thinking it was a domestic disturbance, police said they discovered that a homeless man forced a River Forest woman, who was walking down the street, into his car and tried to drive off. The victim said she was grabbed and dragged into the car while neighbors called 911, police said.
The woman reportedly fought the man “in every way possible” and escaped from the vehicle, a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix.
“She fought him really hard,” said Deputy Chief Craig Rutz, adding that she also turned off the vehicle when he tried to drive. “It was total combat from her perspective.”
Rutz said the man then told her he “didn’t have time for this” and tried to drive off.
Police arrived and arrested 44-year-old Tracey Taylor. He has been charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, attempted robbery, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint. The man did not make it far, as the kidnapping, struggle and arrest all took place on the same block.
The woman suffered minor injuries, according to police. The woman was transported to the hospital, treated and released.
Taylor is listed as a registered sex offender in DuPage County for a previous conviction for aggravated sexual assault, according to the Illinois State Police. Taylor was 33 at the time of the arrest and the victim was 22.