River Forest man charged with sexual assault

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Photo courtesy of the Cook County sheriff's office

A River Forest resident has been accused of sexual assault following an attack that took place around 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, according to police.

William Wallace, a 49-year-old male from Park Ave., River Forest, allegedly approached a 30-year-old woman in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood. As the victim was approaching her car, Wallace grabbed her from behind, forcefully took her to the ground and pulled down the victim’s pants and underwear, according to prosecutors.

An unidentified nearby witness to the attack intervened by kicking Wallace in the head, which allowed the victim to get up and run away the danger. Two more unidentified onlookers also came to the scene where they helped restrain Wallace and waited for responding police officers to arrive, according to reports.

Wallace appeared before a judge on Sunday, May 1, where bail was set at $500,000. He faces two counts of criminal sexual assault, according to the Tribune.

Prosecutors said the victim did not have a previous relationship with Wallace and that the two were complete strangers to one another prior to Friday’s incident.

Photo courtesy of the Cook County sheriff’s office

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