A Forest Park man accused of assaulting a River Forest woman he met through an online dating website is in police custody.
Jason G. Stivers, 28, was arrested by River Forest police and found to be in possession of a backpack containing an 11-inch butcher knife, a plastic jump rope and suspected narcotics.
Stivers was charged with unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and possession of controlled substances.
The unnamed 28-year-old female victim reportedly met Stivers in the 400 block of Lathrop on the afternoon of May 16 around 4:30 p.m.
They walked to a nearby Jewel-Osco to buy a bottle of wine, according to a police news release, but Shivers made the woman uncomfortable by trying to hold her hand, even though they had met for the first time.
The victim made up a story about needing to leave for a family emergency, and Stivers allegedly asked for a goodbye hug, to which she agreed. But when Stivers allegedly tried to kiss her, she pulled away and tried to walk past him.
However, said police, Stivers blocked her way and put her in a “bear hug” from behind. She called a friend and asked her to call the police, at which time Stivers allegedly pushed her against a vehicle and engaged in what police described as “unwanted contact.”
The victim was able to call 911 and Stivers and fled the scene, according to police, who arrested Stivers near his home in Forest Park. Stivers’ court date is set for June 9 at the Maybrook courthouse.
“I commend the victim, officers, investigators, and State’s Attorney’s Office for their cooperation and hard work getting this daring offender in custody and for securing felony charges,” River Forest Deputy Chief James O’Shea, said in the news release.
“At this time, the River Forest Police Department would ask anyone using an online dating service to review the safety precautions recommended by the vendor, not let their guard down, use common sense, utilize public places for meets, and use the buddy system to make your whereabouts known or to seek real time advice.”