River Forest man charged with criminal sexual assault

Victim escapes by flagging down Uber driver

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

River Forest police have arrested a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at a residence in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue during the early morning hours of June 22.

Police responded to the residence at about 3:20 a.m. after the victim appeared at the police station to report the incident. Officers said they found the front door of the residence open and arrested Santos C. Berrones, 32, of River Forest, without incident.

According to a press release, the victim was at a restaurant in Chicago and then was driven to the residence by Berrones. That is when the alleged sexual assault occurred.

The victim escaped Berrones and flagged down an Uber driver in the street, according to police.

She told the Uber driver what happened and was driven directly to the River Forest Police Department. The Uber driver reportedly told police that he witnessed Berrones attempt to drag the woman back into the residence.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Felony Review Unit assisted in the investigation, which resulted in a charge of criminal sexual assault against Berrones, who will appear at a bond hearing on June 24 at the Cook County Courthouse at 26th and California in Chicago.

"We are thankful that the victim was able to get away from her assailant and not sustain additional serious injuries," Deputy Chief James O'Shea said in the press release. "We applaud the Uber driver for being a good Samaritan and a great witness during those early morning hours."

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Jolyn Crawford  

Posted: June 26th, 2017 7:59 PM

So the attacker was not the Uber driver?

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