WEST LOOP — A man charged with an attempted kidnapping in West Loop Sunday morning attacked two other women in South Loop immediately before and after, grabbing one in a “bear hug” and pouring a bottle of his own urine on the other at a train station, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Quavon Ewing, 32, was charged with one count of attempted kidnapping and two counts of aggravated battery, police said.
The string of attacks “occurred in a timespan of less than an hour,” starting around 8:31 a.m. Sunday, prosecutors said.
A 36-year-old woman was walking toward her gym at 150 W. Roosevelt Road when she saw Ewing standing by a maroon van, urinating and possibly exposing himself, prosecutors said. Ewing tried to talk to the woman but she did not hear him because she was listening to an audiobook, prosecutors said.
“The defendant then moved toward [the woman] and put his hands on her shoulders and pulled her into a bear hug,” prosecutors said. “The defendant was moaning and calling her ‘baby’ as he did this.”
The woman hit Ewing with her cell phone and eventually freed herself by biting him on the neck, prompting Ewing to enter the passenger door of the maroon van and drive away, prosecutors said.
Then at 8:45 a.m., a 45-year-old woman was walking home from Starbucks at 200 South Sangamon St. when she noticed Ewing walking next to her, prosecutors said.
Ewing sped up, got in front of the woman and attempted to force her inside the van, prosecutors said. During a minute-long struggle, the woman shouted loudly while Ewing hit her on the head with a closed fist, and that she “pulled so hard on the side of the van that she pulled some of the protective cover off the van,” prosecutors said.
A Good Samaritan heard the screaming and confronted Ewing, prosecutors said. Ewing threatened the man with an “unknown object” before fleeing, prosecutors said.
A video shared with Block Club shows the red minivan speeding from the scene, as a rideshare driver attempts to block in the van. The victim told Block Club the Good Samaritan was an Uber passenger.
Officers later found the abandoned minivan, police said.
At 9:03 a.m., Ewing was spotted urinating into a cup on a train platform near the 600 block of South State Street, prosecutors said. As a 25-year-old woman was about to enter a Blue Line station, Ewing poured a bottle of urine on her, dousing her hair, face and purse, and some entering her mouth, prosecutors said.
“Before leaving the scene, the defendant stated to [the woman] that ‘she deserved it,’” prosecutors said.
Ewing was identified by the first and third victims, prosecutors said. Video shows him leaving the scene of the attempted kidnapping and there is also surveillance video of Ewing urinating into a plastic bottle and pouring it on the third victim, prosecutors said.
The man suspected in the West Loop attack was caught on video at the Jackson Red Line station a few minutes later, police said. Police released images that led to Ewing’s arrest Monday, officials said.
Ewing was out on bond for failing to register as a sex offender in a case that stems from Sept. 24. prosecutors said. Cook County Judge Maryam Ahmad set his bond at $500,000.
Ewing is next due in court Oct. 19. Should he post bond, he would be required to be on electronic monitoring, would be barred from any contact with victims and witnesses, and banned from CTA property, Ahmad said.
The West Loop attempted kidnapping happened on the same stretch of Sangamon Street where a dog walker intervened to stop another attempted kidnapping of a 30-year-old woman in late August.
West Loop neighbors have scheduled a community meeting Saturday to discuss public safety issues with Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) and police.
Rahman Muhammad, deputy chief of detectives, previously said police don’t think the two attempted kidnappings are connected.
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