Man Charged in Chicago Jogger's Attack

The victim told police a man dragged her into an alley and threatened to kill her

By Lindsay Smith
|  Monday, Jul 23, 2012  |  Updated 2:01 PM CDT
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Man Charged in Chicago Jogger's Attack

Chicago Police

Germaine Walker

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A Chicago man has been charged with allegedly attacking a woman in her 50s while she took a morning run, police said.

Germaine Walker, 21, of the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue was charged with one count of aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated unlawful restraint in connection with the 7:30 a.m. Sunday attack, police said.

Walker allegedly grabbed the woman and dragged her into an alley near the 300 block of West Menomonee Street while she screamed and struggled to get away from him, police said.

The woman reported to authorities a man told her to keep quiet or he would kill her while he restrained her in the alley. When she felt a knife in his hand, the woman tried to fight him off and received several injuries that police said are consistent with being overpowered and dragged.

The man fled the alley when two other joggers heard her scream and passed by the alley, according to police. Officer Matt Peterson, who was patrolling the area at the time, caught Walker within minutes of the attack in an apartment building courtyard after receiving an alert about the attack, police said.

Walker was arrested Sunday on signed complaints by the victim of his attack.

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