Police arrested the ninth suspect in the gang rape of three Chicago teenage girls.
Michael McChriston (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)
Prosecutors said at least two of the people took turns driving while the girls were assaulted.
The Chicago Tribune reported, Via WND:
A ninth man has been charged in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of three teenage girls last month on the West Side, according to authorities.
Michael McChriston, 20, of the 5700 block of West Race Avenue, was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and three counts of kidnapping, police said. McChriston was in court Wednesday where a judge set bail at $500,000 for him, records show.
McChriston is accused of being part of a group who attacked two 16-year-old girls and a 15-year-old, prosecutors said.
The girls were walking in the 700 block of North Parkside Avenue in the Austin neighborhood about 9:45 p.m. Oct. 19 when a 1999 Chevrolet van approached, according to police and prosecutors.
As the van parked outside of a liquor store, two suspects exited and started to talk to the girls. Later, the victims agreed to get into the van and left with them. The attackers had the girls sit on their laps and then gave the two 16-year-old victims alcohol and marijuana, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said at least two of the people took turns driving while the girls were assaulted. Meanwhile, the girl who did not drink the alcohol or smoke the marijuana “fought to protect” the other girls, screaming and pounding the walls of the van, according to court records and prosecutors.
Prosecutors provided more detail about the state of the two girls who were given the alcohol and marijuana in the van. They said one of the girls was “extremely intoxicated” and could not hold her head up. One of the girls had a blood alcohol content of .237, according to prosecutors. Police found that girl unconscious and partially dressed in a suspect’s basement, lying in a pool of her own vomit, prosecutors said.
Eight other men have been charged in the case.