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Man Gropes Police Officer's Wife Outside Downtown McDonald's: Prosecutors

By Erica Demarest | August 29, 2016 2:09pm
 Gregory Busby, 29, is charged with criminal sexual abuse.
Gregory Busby, 29, is charged with criminal sexual abuse.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man groped a Chicago Police officer's wife as she waited outside a Downtown McDonald's this weekend, but the officer and several others chased him down, prosecutors said.

When caught, the man claimed he was just taking part "in a game they play in Jamaica" and tried to pay $300 to get out of trouble, prosecutors said.

The officer had gone inside the McDonald's near Adams Street and Wabash Avenue at 1:15 p.m. Saturday while his wife and 8-year-old daughter waited outside, according to Assistant State's Attorney Holly Grosshans.

That's when 29-year-old Gregory Busby approached, she said.

He grabbed the woman's groin and "squeezed extremely hard" for several seconds, Grosshans said.

The victim screamed, prosecutors said, and a good Samaritan scared off Busby.

At that point, the woman ran inside to get her husband, who immediately began to chase Busby, prosecutors said. The woman flagged down two officers on bike patrol, who joined the chase.

Busby is also accused of pulling a box cutter, which he later dropped to the ground during the chase.

When police arrested Busby on Saturday afternoon, he admitted to trying to talk to the victim and jostling her Target bag to get her attention, prosecutors said. Busby went on to say he was sorry, he hadn't meant to scare the woman and would pay her $300, according to Grosshans.

Busby, of the 4100 block of North Ravenswood Avenue, is charged with criminal sexual abuse. He has prior convictions for aggravated battery in a public place and battery.

According to court testimony, Busby is an Illinois native.

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