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Man Charged with North Side Assaults
2005-01-05

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On Jan. 2, Chicago police arrested a West Side man who allegedly raped one woman and attacked another on the North Side last month, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Paul Cruikshank, of the 4000 block of West Cullerton Street, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault in the rape of a woman Dec. 20 in the 3500 block of North Sheffield Avenue, police spokesman Carlos Herrera said. Cruikshank, 24, also has been charged with the Dec. 18 attack on a woman in the 2100 block of North Sheffield.

A source close to the investigation said Cruikshank was arrested after an incident in Forest Park. The source also said Cruikshank admitted to the rape, the attempted rape, and another crime in Forest Park. The source added that DNA analysis is pending.

The source said Cruikshank was also charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping in the Dec. 18 attack and home invasion.

The presence of the attacker mobilized people to action. Police increased patrols in the Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park neighborhoods last month and volunteers distributed sketches of the suspect at elevated train stops and businesses. Neighborhood groups organized community forums, conducted volunteer patrols and offered escorts to women coming home from train stops in the days after the attacks.

A third attack of a woman in the 3700 block of North Wilton Avenue Dec. 19 is not connected to the other cases, police said. Police are still looking for that suspect, who attacked the woman; forced her into her apartment; and raped and tied her up. The suspect is described as an African-American man of medium build, weighing between 185 and 200 pounds who wore a red hooded sweatshirt and black puffy jacket.

— Andrew Davis


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