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Man Accused of Fondling Women on CTA Red Line

By Erin Meyer | February 5, 2014 7:24pm
 Barry Marquez was allegedly caught on CTA surveillance touching and trying to molest a woman waiting for the Red Line at the North/Clybourn stop.
Barry Marquez was allegedly caught on CTA surveillance touching and trying to molest a woman waiting for the Red Line at the North/Clybourn stop.
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Chicago Police Department

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man allegedly grabbed and fondled women on the North/Clybourn Red Line platform Sunday night, attacking a 28-year-old and a 19-year-old in the course of about 20 minutes.

Barry Marquez, 28, was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and battery after he allegedly attacked two female commuters.

Prosecutors said Marquez walked up to the first victim a few minutes before 5 p.m. as she was waiting for the train. "As the train pulled into the station, [Marquez] pushed the victim up against the train car," Assistant State's Attorney Rina Infelise said.

He then allegedly fondled her, she said.

The woman fought off the attack and escaped on a departing train, Infelise said. She called police.

Marquez, of Evanston, then attacked a second woman, 19, at 5:15 p.m., Infelise said. She was waiting on the same platform when Marquez walked up behind her and allegedly fondled her.

The woman screamed and jumped on a departing train.

One of the women identified Marquez as her attacker, and the incidents were also captured on CTA video, prosecutors said.