Editor’s note: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault and kidnapping.

WEST PULLMAN – A “quasi-security guard” from a nearby store held a woman captive in an abandoned house on the Far South Side for three days, handcuffing her and raping her until a bystander heard her screams and called the police, prosecutors said in a statement. court on Wednesday.

Joel Cammon, 44, is charged with criminal aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping in an assault that took place in a vacant house in the 11900 block of Eggleston Avenue from May 18 to 21, police and prosecutors said.

Cammon, who was arrested on Tuesday in the suburb of Alsip, was ordered to be held without bail during Wednesday’s bail hearing. Prosecutors described him as a “quasi-guard” at a nearby store, who they did not identify.

“This defendant held the victim in custody for three days,” Assistant State Attorney Danny Hanichak told the court. “He raped her, left, went on with his life knowing she was being held captive in this abandoned house, and then returned only to rape her again. The actions of the defendant are just like in a horror movie.

According to Hanichak, the attack and kidnapping began on May 18, when Cammon agreed to pay the 36-year-old victim for sex in a house on Eggleston Avenue. According to Hanichak, Kammon had previously paid the victim for sex on other occasions.

The two had an argument after they entered the basement of the house, with Kammon saying he was “sick of paying you for sex just for rushing me,” Hanichak said. Kammon then took a pair of handcuffs he had and handcuffed the victim’s hands in front of her body, Hanichak said. According to Hanichak, Kammon dragged the woman up to the attic and chained her ankle to the wall.

Kammon then raped the woman and left the house, leaving her in handcuffs and chains, Hanichak said. According to Hanichak, the woman did not have a phone to call for help, and she began banging on the walls and calling for help.

Kammon returned to the house the next day and attacked the woman again, Hanichak said. According to Hanichak, after Kammon left, the woman started hitting the walls again and calling for help. No one heard her until Antione Dobin, a community activist who was talking to a neighbor about the need to move in and renovate empty buildings in the block, heard the woman banging on windows on the afternoon of May 19, Dobin and prosecutors said.

Dobin broadcast the incident live, showing responding policemen informing him and other bystanders that the women were “handcuffed and chained to the wall”.

“At first I thought it was a little girl, but we later discovered it was a girl,” Dobine previously told Block Club. “She was handcuffed and chained, and she said she had been there for a week. She said [her captor] raped her twice.”

The woman was taken to the Little Company of Mary hospital for examination. According to Haniczak, detectives found surveillance video nearby showing the victim arriving at the house on May 18, with Kammon arriving and leaving the house at the same time as the victim described over the next three days.

According to Hanichak, another witness who spoke to the victim later provided police with additional information about Kammon that she knew from the area. According to Hanichak, the victim identified Kammon from an array of photographs.

According to Hanichak, detectives were watching Cammon’s house to arrest him, but he never returned. Officers arrested him on Tuesday when he came to work in Alsip, Ganichak said.

Cammon is due back in court on July 12.

After Dobin called the police, he said he helped the woman get a hotel room for the next week. Then he raised funds through the Spotfund online platform for its organization Hands around hundredsto help the woman stay at the hotel until she finds permanent housing, and to create a shelter for other women fleeing abuse and sexual exploitation, he said.

The house where police found the woman has been empty for decades, said Dobin, who has lived in West Pullman since 1973. This house was “our candy store when we were younger” as the woman who lived there sold sweets to the neighborhood kids. , he said.

The attack highlights the need for public scrutiny of abandoned property in destitute areas such as his own, Dobine said. There are many vacant houses and vacant lots in West Pullman, he said, posing a security risk to neighbors.

As a community organizer and member of a local club, Dobine has encountered drug dealing, prostitution and squatters in vacant houses nearby – although he says he has never seen anything resembling a kidnapping.

Residents of the area who have been left homeless, returned from detention or escaped abuse need housing, Dobine said, so there is no reason for houses to remain empty.

“The banks that own this property and the landlords that own this property have to come to an agreement with the rest of the community,” he said. “If you’re not going to sell it to us, then let us rent it out, fix it up and use it.”

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