Bond Denied for Indiana Man Charged in String of Chicago Sexual Assaults

Bond was denied Saturday for an Indiana man charged in a string of sexual assaults on Chicago’s south side.

Police said Terrell Rush, 26, of Lafayette, Ind., is accused of assaulting two women and a 14-year-old girl within hours, as well as hiding in a little girl’s closet earlier this month.

He was arrested earlier this week, but was extradited late Friday night and charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon and one count of criminal trespassing.

In the first attack, police said a 22-year-old woman and her 40-year-old mother were assaulted around 4:15 a.m. inside their home on the 10300 block of South Emerald Avenue. She said she was asleep when she heard her mother cry out from her bedroom.

"It was like the worst day of my life," the woman told NBC 5. "What you think won't happen to you, happens to you," the woman said. "It ain't no good feeling. I still feel messed up about it."

Prosecutors said Saturday Rush broke into the home in the 10300 block of South Emerald Avenue by using garbage cans to get in through the kitchen window. He then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and entered the mother's bedroom.

When the mother screamed, her daughter came into the room and Rush ordered both of them to lie on the bed.

After sexually assaulting both women, Rush ordered them to give him money, prosecutors said.

The second incident occurred hours later at about 6:40 a.m. when a 14-year-old girl was walking to a bus stop on the 10000 block of South Peoria. Police said the girl was approached by an unknown male who dragged her to a nearby yard and assaulted her.

Prosecutors said Rush threatened to kill the teen with a knife if she screamed and ordered her to stop praying during the attack.

When a witness saw the attack and yelled, Rush dropped the knife and ran, according to an assistant state's attorney.

Rush is also believed to have been hiding in an 11-year-old girl's closet at 5:30 a.m. at a house nearby. The girl woke up when the family dog started barking and her father arrived in time to see a man jump out the window. 

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