COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A suburban woman was accused of giving a man she didn't know a ride in River North and then forcing him at gunpoint to have sex with her friend in the back seat.
Cierra Ross, 25, of Olympia Fields, was charged with armed robbery and sexual assault in the July 26 incident, which prosecutors say started in River North when Ross picked up the victim.
The 33-year-old-man was standing in the 400 block of North Kingsbury Avenue about 5 a.m. on July 26 when Ross pulled up and offered him a ride, Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said in court Thursday.
The man hopped in the passenger side. As Ross drove, she pulled out a black revolver, pointed it at the man and "demanded [he] get into the backseat of the car and have sex with [her] friend," Pillsbury said.
The man climbed into the backseat, where an unidentified woman made him take off his clothes. The man was then forced to have sex with the woman, even though he begged her to stop, Pillsbury said.
The man saw "an opportunity to flee" when a pair of headlights came in to view. He ran out of the car wearing only a T-shirt, she said.
The oncoming car was a taxi, and the driver picked up the nearly naked man and took him to his Berwyn home. Pillsbury said the taxi driver also let the man use his phone to photograph the license plate of the car in which he had been attacked.
The women also took cash and credit cards from the man, Pillsbury said. The credit cards were then used at several locations soon after the attack, she said.
Ross, who has been convicted twice of misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute, was ordered held Thursday after bail was set at $75,000 by Cook County Judge Israel Desierto.
The second woman has not been identified.