December 30, 2013, Chicago, Illinois, (ChicagoTribune) — James Whiteside was charged with a pair of sexual assaults on Friday – one near the Orange Line at Midway Airport and the other in the Montclare neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
James Whiteside, of the 600 block of West Deming Street on the North Side, is due in court today. Whiteside was charged with 8 felonies in connection with the two attacks.
The first attack happened in the Montclare neighborhood about 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 27. Whiteside attacked a woman trying to get into her car after leaving a White Castle restaurant near Belmont and Harlem avenues, according to police.
The attacker pushed his victim into her car as she opened the driver-side door and, holding a pair of 3-inch scissors and covering her mouth, told her not to scream, according to a police report.
The woman told police she noticed the man as she walked into the White Castle at Belmont and Harlem avenues but didn’t pay him much attention because she thought he was homeless, according to the report.
The man threatened to kill her, according to the report, and then drove her to a nearby side street and raped her.
The man then kept her in the car, drove until the car broke down on Diversey Avenue and threw her car keys away, according to the report. He took her phone, debit card and walked her to a bank to try and withdraw money.
The two walked to a nearby gas station and the attacker used $50 he stole from the woman to pay a stranger for a ride to the house of the attacker’s aunt in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to the report. They stopped at a McDonald’s along the way.
The attacker gave some of the woman’s money to people at his aunt’s house, according to the arrest report. He then called a cab, took two kids and the victim with him to a McDonald’s and then to Harlem and Belmont avenues where he dropped her off.
He told her not to say anything to anyone before leaving, according to the report. The woman went to a building a few blocks away and called 911.
She told police the man said his name was “James” but that “she should call him Mr. White or (Sergeant) Nelson,” according to the report.
The second attack happened about 4:15 p.m. Friday in a secured parking lot off the Orange Line at Midway Airport in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood. Chicago police warned people in the area to be vigilant after the attack.
Police said the attacker pushed the 69-year-old woman into her car as she opened her door and demanded money from her before he raped her, according to police.
He tried to leave the lot by driving the woman’s car but couldn’t find the parking pass card so he told the woman to be quiet and duck while he used her money to fill out a parking slip and pay the attendant, according to the police report.
The woman was in fear for her life because her attacker drove her to the West Side and made continuous threats along the way, according to the police report.
While driving around the West Side, her attacker “purchased narcotics” twice and picked up a woman he knew, drove to a liquor store and used the 69-year-old’s ATM card to get $200, according to the report.
He dropped the woman off at a bus stop and she told the attacker to be careful, according to the report. He then left the victim and her car in the West Garfield Park neighborhood at Madison Street and Pulaski Road.
The victim called 911 but left the area to report the crime from closer to home, according to the report. Two more withdrawals were made for a total of $300, according to the police report.
Whiteside “implicated himself” to other people in the attacks and gave details consistent with the victim’s account, according to the arrest report. He told residents he “robbed and raped a woman the night before,” according to the report.
Detectives were in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood when Whiteside showed up to a building where detectives were investigating and tried to run when he learned detectives were there, according to the report.
They chased him into a basement stairwell in the 4100 block of West Crystal Street and he was arrested there, according to police.
He was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault of a victim older than 60 years old, aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking.