Charged in Chicago attacks: Chicago Police booking photo of Antonio Lamont Nettles

A Forest Park man, who was charged with attacking two women on the Northwest side of Chicago, sexually assaulting one and robbing and beating the other, had been previously arrested in Oak Park for lewd behavior in July, 2012.

Antonio Lamont Nettles, 41, of the 7500 block of Harvard Ave., allegedly attacked the two victims near the intersection of Belmont and Oak Park Ave. the morning of Saturday, April 13.

Chicago police said a community alert with a composite sketch of the victim posted on the Facebook page of 41st Ward Ald. Mary O’Connor helped generate leads that led to the arrest.

“Nettles [allegedly] approached a 23-year-old female victim at 10:05 a.m. in the street and said he had a knife,” said Officer John Mirabelli of the Chicago Police Office of News Affairs. Reports said Nettles allegedly tried to pull the woman into a dark blue car, but was unsuccessful. Mirabelli said Nettles allegedly forced the victim against a tree and sexually assaulted her. Forty minutes later, at 10:50 a.m., Nettles allegedly approached a second female victim, age 39, implied he had a knife, and pulled the woman from an entryway into an alley, where he robbed the victim of cash, knocked her to the ground and then struck and kicked her, Mirabelli said.

Both victims were taken to Our Lady of Resurrection Hospital, Mirabelli said.

Area North Police created a community alert, which included a composite sketch of the offender, created by a Cook County Sheriff’s artist. Alderman O’Connor posted the alert and sketch on her Facebook page, Chicago police said. That helped generate leads that led to Nettles’ arrest.

Nettles turned himself in to 25th District police at Grand and Central, April 24. He was positively identified by the victims, Mirabelli said.

Nettles was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of attempted kidnapping, and one count of kidnapping by use of force or threat.

Bond was set at $500,000 April 26. Nettles was scheduled to return to court May 15.

On July 21, 2012, Nettles was arrested by Forest Park police in the 7600 block of Madison Street. According to reports from Oak Park Police, Nettles allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old-girl around 9 a.m. on the 1000 block of Washington Street. The girl pulled away and fled. Police said a few minutes later, Nettles was allegedly sitting in a vehicle in the 600 block of Washington and called a woman over to ask for directions. The woman told police she observed him masturbating. A second woman told police she encountered Nettles allegedly masturbating in the 200 block of Euclid a few minutes later. She was able to provide identifying information of the subject and the car.

Nettles was charged in the July incident with three misdemeanors: two counts of indecent behavior and battery.

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