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Man Who Attacked, Tried To Assault Postal Worker Arrested, Police Say

People recognized Cesar Ramirez from photos that were publicly released, leading to him being arrested, officials said.

Police said this man attacked a letter carrier.
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CHICAGO — Police have arrested a man who they say kidnapped and attempted to sexually assault a postal worker Saturday.

Cesar Ramirez, 44, has been charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery of a government employee and vehicular hijacking, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said during a Wednesday morning news conference.

Deenihan said Ramirez is the man who kidnapped and attempted to sexually assault a postal worker this weekend on the West Side. People recognized Ramirez from photos that were publicly released, leading to him being arrested, officials said.

At 9:14 a.m. Saturday, the postal worker was getting into her truck in the 2800 block of South Pulaski Road when a man who’d gotten into the truck told her to drive, Deenihan said. The man had the woman stop at another location, where he told her to get in the back and take off her clothes, Deenihan said.

The woman pulled a lever to open the back of the truck and escaped, fighting off the man as he grabbed her and tried to stop her, Deenihan said. The woman flagged down someone to call 911.

Officers saw the man in the truck and chased him, but he escaped and abandoned the truck in the 4500 block of West Marquette Road, officials said.

The Police Department and Postal Inspection Service released images of the man. People recognized him, and community members called in to identify him, Deenihan said. Officers were then able to take him into custody.

The letter carrier — who police previously said is a 28-year-old woman — is “doing OK,” said Spencer Block, a Postal Inspection Service spokesman. The agency received numerous tips about the man, Block said.

Ramirez could face additional federal charges, Block said.

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