A Chicago woman who had been held captive in an abandoned house was rescued by police on Saturday, May 21. Her cries for help were heard by a resident in the south side neighborhood who alerted the authorities.
The rescuing neighbor went live on Facebook to capture the shocking incident as the rescue happened.
When police arrived on the scene, they found a 36-year-old woman in the abandoned house in the 11900 block of Eggleston Avenue in West Pullman.
The man, allegedly in his 60s, grabbed her and brought her to the vacant residence, where she was held in the basement and then the attic, according to a report.
“I’m trying to fight him, but I can’t fight him,” the woman said. “He raped me twice. … He left me in there handcuffed and chained.”
Chained by her ankles, the woman said she screamed and cried for help for days.
She was finally rescued after the good Samaritan, Antione Dobine, heard something.
“As I got closer, I’m hearing boom, boom, boom, help!” Dobine said. “That’s what made me call the police.”
Before police arrived, Dobine said he saw a man leave the house wearing a blue jean, corduroy jacket.
“I just located a girl inside of this house. Police say she’s chained up,” he said.
Officials said the woman was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital and later released in good condition. Her case is currently under investigation, and no one is in custody yet.
“We’re working with our victim, obviously a lot of trauma there, and we’re doing our best to move forward with the investigation,” said Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan at a press conference on May 23.
Regarding the man who captured her, the woman said she just wants him found.
“I believe he will strike again,” she said. “I just want him caught.”