Forest Park rape suspect denied bail

Judge calls Cruikshank a "real and present threat." Next hearing Jan. 21.

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The man accused in an attempted rape in Forest Park on New Year's Eve was denied bond Tuesday afternoon by a Cook County Violence Court judge. Paul Cruikshank, 24, who was arrested by Oak Park police following an attempted rape near Circle Avenue and Lexington Street in Forest Park, was ordered held without bond by Judge Mary Margaret Broshnahan at a noon hearing. Cruikshank is charged with eight felonies related to the Forest Park attack and two other attacks in Chicago.

Cruikshank, who has reportedly made a videotaped confession to the Forest Park rape attempt and other incidents, and who has been identified by all three of his victims, didn't speak during the brief hearing. His attorney requested that Broshnahan set a "reasonable" bond due to Cruikshank having no prior criminal history.

However, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Nancy Wilder argued that Cruikshank was a predator who stalked women he found attractive, then battered them and threatened to kill them when they resisted him. Cruikshank, who had an ice pick and masking tape in his possession when arrested, had reportedly used a gun in a Dec. 20 attack. In that attack he allegedly left his victim tied up and gagged with a sock in her mouth.

In denying bond, Broshnahan called Cruikshank a "real and present threat." A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 21 in Violence Court at 26th and California.

In the course of arguing against bail for Cruikshank, Wilder also disclosed that the Forest Park victim, who has been roundly applauded by police for her courage, had clawed the inside of Cruikshank's mouth in attempting to gouge his eyes as she fought back while he choked her.


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