Police: One Charged In Brutal Sex Assault On Northwest Side

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — The man charged this weekend in last month’s brutal sexual assault of a Belmont-Cragin teen faced similar charges in a separate case last summer, but the judge dismissed the earlier case.

Chicago Police say Luis Pantoja, 25, who is hearing-impaired and goes by the nickname “Silent,” is responsible for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl who was on her way to school when she was attacked Dec. 17 — three months to the day after authorities said he left the Cook County jail.

The girl was assaulted about 5:25 a.m., not 6 a.m. as investigators first thought, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said at a Sunday afternoon news conference where he discussed the arrest and charges against Pantoja. That also means the girl was bleeding in the snow 35 minutes longer than originally suspected. A resident found the girl in his backyard about 8 a.m. in…

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Families Of Cops Who Were Killed Or Injured Get Visit From Santa

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The families of Chicago Police officers who were killed or badly injured are getting special visits this weekend, as the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation carries out the 7th annual Operation Santa, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

Santa and Mrs. Claus stepped out of a limo at Macy’s where employees were lined up with gifts to be loaded into vans and a police motorcade.

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“What is so important is that these families realize we have not forgotten them and that is what this is all about,” Phil Cline, Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy thanked Macy’s and the foundation.

“It’s really, really special what they do and you see the turnout that we get for this it is a great day,” said McCarthy.

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Suspect Held After Decapitated Body Found In Northwest Side Apartment

CBS Chicago

(STMW) — An 18-year-old man was taken in to custody after police found a decapitated man early Christmas morning in the Northwest Side Hermosa neighborhood.

Officers responding to a homicide call found the decapitated 41-year-old man about 2:05 a.m. inside a basement apartment in the 2500 block of North Kildare Avenue, police said.

Police said they also found a knife on the scene.

An 18-year-old man standing outside the building was taken in to custody, but his relationship with the dead male was not immediately known, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death, but it was withholding the man’s identity, pending notification of his family.

Charges are expected against the 18-year-old, police said.

 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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