A man on parole for armed robbery was charged Monday with beating and sexually abusing a 65-year-old man with a tree branch downtown.
Cortez Foster, 45, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, armed robbery and aggravated battery, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
Foster, who was serving a 20-year sentence at the Centralia Correctional Center for a 2000 armed robbery conviction before being paroled last May, is scheduled to appear in bond court today.
And how is it that the newspapers were running with the victim was a homeless guy (as if that excused the particularly heinous nature of the crime), but now that it turns out to be some guy from Schiller Park, coverage suddenly drops into low gear? It couldn't have anything to do with this line that appeared in the original Sun Times story, then disappeared from on-line versions of the story shortly thereafter:
- While Guerrero said there was no reason to believe the attack was racially motivated, he questioned what could drive someone to harm a homeless person in such a heinous way.