CHICAGO — A 32-year-old man charged with the sexual assault of a woman in Uptown said he "should have finished the victim off," according to a police report filed in court records.
When police responded early Sunday morning to reports of a sexual assault in the 4400 block of North Sheridan Road in Uptown, they spotted Jason Gurneau running away with the victim's purse in his hand, according to court records. A witness, shouted "that's him," and police gave chase as Gurneau jumped on a bicycle to pedal away.
Police tackled Gurneau and hit him with pepper spray when he continued to struggle.
They led Gurneau back to the scene in handcuffs. There the victim, 32, identified him as the man who "pushed her to the ground, grabbed her by the shoulders ... and punched her repeatedly about the face" before tearing her undergarments, according to court records.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she was listed in "stable" condition.
Gurneau was charged Monday with robbery, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated criminal sexual assault and ordered held without bail by a Cook County judge.
Gurneau, of the 1000 block of West Lawrence Avenue, has a violent criminal history. Before he was found guilty of aggravated battery of a police officer in 2001, a judge found Gurneau fit to stand trial with medication. He has also been convicted of attempted burglary, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and impersonating a police officer.