Chicago Ridge Deputy Fire Chief Retires After Attack Charges

Gary M. Sweircz is accused of breaking into his neighbor's condominium and beating her while armed with a knife

Monday, Jan 7, 2013  |  Updated 10:54 PM CDT
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Neighbors React to Arrest of Fire Deputy

Gary M. Swiercz lives on the 8100 block of West 168th Place in Tinley Park.

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Neighbors React to Arrest of Fire Deputy

Tinley Park neighbors of Chicago Ridge Fire Chief Deputy Gary Swiercz are in shock after he was arrested for allegedly breaking into a woman's apartment and beat her while armed with a knife. Emily Florez reports for NBC News at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.
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A Chicago Ridge deputy fire chief resigned Monday after being placed on administrative leave amid charges he broke into a neighbor's home and attacked her.

Gary M. Sweircz stepped down from the department after 25 years of service, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing a press release from the Chicago Ridge Fire Department.

NBC Chicago did not receive that release and attempts to reach a spokesperson on Monday evening were unsuccessful.

Sweircz was charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault, and residential burglary in connection with the alleged Saturday attack.

Officials say Sweircz broke into his neighbor's condominium and beat her while armed with a knife.

Sweircz was not on duty at the time of the attack, officials said.
 

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