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Neighbor thwarts assault on woman

Published: Monday, April 16, 2012 11:12 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — Roused from his sleep by the sound of a violent struggle, a man in bare feet interrupted a sexual attack in a Chicago alley and chased the alleged assailant into a park before police arrived to make the arrest, authorities said.

Longtime Lincoln Square resident Ron Psenka, 46, awoke and told his wife to call 911 early Saturday before bolting out his back door and breaking up the attack on the 21-year-old woman, he said.

"That poor woman was being assaulted in the alley and needed my help," he said.

Officers quickly arrived and arrested 27-year-old cabdriver Admon Shasho in Welles Park just off Lincoln Avenue in the North Side neighborhood. He confessed to the assault, prosecutors said.

On Sunday, Cook County Judge Edward Harmening ordered Shasho held on $700,000 bond on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and attempted robbery.

After leaving a bar, the woman was listening to music with headphones around 4 a.m. when Shasho parked his cab and followed her into an alley in the 4500 block of North Oakley Avenue, said Assistant State's Attorney Bob Groebner. Shasho, of the 6400 block of North Mozart Street, tried unsuccessfully to take her purse and phone, Groebner said, before pulling her to the ground and sexually assaulting her.

Shasho told the woman he had a knife and she shouldn't scream or he would kill her, prosecutors said, but the commotion woke Psenka.

After the chase ended with Shasho's arrest, the woman identified him as her attacker, prosecutors said. She was not injured, according to a police report.

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