Forest Park man charged in Chicago attacks on two women had arrest record in Oak Park

Composite sketch on Facebook generates police leads

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By Jean Lotus

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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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Carl from Forest Park  

Posted: April 30th, 2013 2:40 PM

Wow, his momma must be proud! He looks like a bustout. So is it three strikes and you're out? Let's hope he's in jail for life. If not now, I'm willing to bet soon. YOU PEOPLE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF RAISING YOUR KIDS!!! TEACH THEM HOW TO CROSS THE STREET AT CORNERS, DON'T WALK DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET! BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHER PEOPLE, A GUN WILL NOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM, AN EDUCATION WILL!YOU PEOPLE LISTENING? OH, AND PLAYING RAP MUSIC IN YOUR CAR AT FULL VOLUME MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID!

Resident  

Posted: April 30th, 2013 9:46 AM

Concealed carry law still would not allow guns on rapid transportation so legally wouldn't help a mugging on the el anyways. Sorry you got mugged; that's horrible. I have had necklaces stolen from me; bad enough!

Blue line mugging  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 10:42 PM

I was mugged on a blue line train several months ago. I had pepper spray. In my pocket. Did I use it? No, it was so fast and I was taken off guard. I was hurt, but not very badly. I hate to think what would have happened if I had a gun. I don't think I would have had the reaction time to use it. So,they got $2000+ in electronics, but my colleagues and family are relieved that I am here to share this. With CCL, I'm not so sure.

wonder no more  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 5:06 PM

@ pro CCL - Also this description of what Joe Zamudio was thinking when he clicked off his safety on his concealed handgun and ran towards the scene where Rep Giffords had just been shot. He says he came very close to shooting the wrong guy who had just wrestled the gun from Loughner, and was just lucky he didn't. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41018893/ A reason he didn't draw was he didn't want to be mistaken for a 2nd gunman and get himself shot. He had 2-3 seconds. As he said, he was very lucky.

Bill from Melrose Park South  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 5:06 PM

Maybe being armed would help some crime victims. But for the overwhelming majority of woman who, as the media accounts state again and again and again "were approached from behind" and overpowered, it won't help. They'll just have the gun take from them, along with their wallet and cell phone. What would REALLY make a difference is people wising up and taking the iPod buds out of their ears while on the train and elsewhere and paying attention to their surroundings.

a resident long time ( law abiding ). from Forest Park IL.  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 3:04 PM

I believe law makers must come up with specifics for a concealed / carry law here in Illinois by fall. It is now allowed here.Lets require gun safety classes. I am for concealed carry.( FOR DECENT , SANE, LAW ABIDING PEOPLE.)

wonder no more  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 11:41 AM

@Law abiding -- At the risk of starting a flamewar, someone on a lefty blog has been compiling news stories about gun accidents: http://www.dailykos.com/news/GunFail

Law abiding resident from Forest Park  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 10:01 AM

One wonders if these crimes would have been carried out if these poor victims had legally been allowed to carry a concealed firearm.

Peter Parker from New York Ny.  

Posted: April 28th, 2013 1:51 PM

I hope NO ONE could have prevented these helllsih crimes but due to their selfishness kept quiet as so many do today .Prayers for the survivors. He should rot in a bottomless pitt!!

A Resident. from Forest Park IL.  

Posted: April 27th, 2013 4:27 PM

Great work by Alderwoman O Conner and all law enforcement involved! The offender he looks evil and sadistic! He should !!! I pray the victims ( SURVIVeRS ) get the help, love, support any and every thing they need to get through what that BASTARD did to them.

A Forest Park Resident. from Forest Park.  

Posted: April 27th, 2013 4:22 PM

Knowing many friends, relatives,etc ( Mostly female but some males ) that have survived rape I will not say all that is in my mind and spirit that should be done to and with this scum! Glad he is in jail away from decent people. He may learn there what rape survival is all about.

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