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Bellwood Man Who Allegedly Followed Woman From CTA Redline Stop Charged With Sexual Assault

Jason Hooks

Jason Hooks, allegedly shown above in surveillance footage, left, and in a police mug shot, right and below, has been charged in the Nov. 14 sexual assault of a woman who was leaving a CTA Redline stop in Chicago. | Photos: DNAinfo and Chicago Tribune. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

A Bellwood man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman as she was leaving a CTA Redline stop earlier this month has been charged with felonies.

Jason Hooks, 20, faces two felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, according to a statement released by the Chicago Police Department.

Hooks was arrested after someone identified him as the offender in the Nov. 14, 2015, assault, which took place at around 3 AM on the 600 block of South Plymouth Court.

The 31-year-old female victim was leaving CTA Redline stop at Harrison and State when Hooks allegedly trailed her, hit her with a blunt object, forced her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her, according to CPD’s statement.

The victim was seriously injured and taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment. The police said they don’t have any more information about the crime.

Hooks is scheduled to be in Central Bond Court, located on 26th and California in Chicago, on Nov. 16. VFP

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Lightford and community leaders to host mental health town hall and resource fair, Nov. 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D – Maywood), along with Riveredge Hospital and the Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is hosting a mental health open forum event and resource fair that will seek to provide communities with the resources, education and empowerment needed to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

Representatives from the local mental health community will be present to answer questions and discuss concerns people might have about mental health, such as – What resources are available and where to find them? How can I get help for myself or a loved one? Who can I talk to in a safe, comfortable environment?

State Senator Lightford and representatives from the local mental health community will be present to answer questions and discuss concerns, including: Riveredge Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, County Care and CCHHS, Chicago Dept. of Public Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Oak Park Township Mental Health Board, Pillars and Proviso Township Mental Health Commission.

The second in a series of town hall resource fairs offering an unique and important opportunity for everyone in attendance to ask mental health professionals questions about mental illness and receive information, while the event also acts as a springboard for new community and legislative efforts to find better ways to identify and treat mental illness.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 || 7 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE: Riveredge Hospital, 8311 Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park, IL VFP

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