A Good Samaritan speaks out after potentially saving the life of a woman held captive in an abandoned house on Chicago’s Far South Side this weekend.
According to Chicago police, the 36-year-old woman was found Saturday afternoon in an abandoned lot on the 11900 block of South Eggleston.
A passer-by heard the woman screaming inside the house and immediately called the police.
“Around 5:45 p.m. I was walking down the street,” Antione Dobine said.
Dobine says he heard someone banging on a window at a house near the intersection of 119 and screamingth Street and Eggleston.
“I immediately called the police,” he said. “I was waiting for them to come and when the police got here they discovered there was a young lady with handcuffs and chains.”
Authorities say they freed the woman from an upstairs bedroom and took her to a nearby hospital. Police are investigating the crime as sexual assault and kidnapping, and the frightening situation is causing area residents to call on the city to help solve the problem of abandoned homes.
“We have to do something,” said Louis Walton-Muhammad. “When anyone comes to this neighborhood, it’s the first thing they see. Grass up there, real estate people don’t care about, and in their mind they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s a good place to hide someone.’”
Dobine agrees, saying the city needs to invest funds in the area to combat both the abandoned homes themselves and the crimes that could be used to cover up these structures.
“You have the money,” he said. “You have all these entities that you can use for us to build our community and it’s just about us building that community.”
As for the heinous crime itself, police say the woman was released from an area hospital on Sunday morning and the search for the person who held her captive continues.