Evanston police say sexual assault and home invasion charges have been filed against a 40-year-old Chicago man in connection with an attack Sunday on a Northwestern University student in the 600 block of Grove Street.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says Juan Jose Garcia, of 4314 S. Wabash, has also been charged with impersonating a police officer and residential burglary in connection with two other incidents in recent days.

The NU student told police she woke up around 6 a.m. Sunday to find Garcia in her room. He then allegedly sexually abused her before fleeing the apartment.

She was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker, and police searching the area spotted Garcia and took him into custody.

Guenther says that last Saturday CTA employees reported to Evanston police that a man matching Garcia’s description had told them he was a police officer.

And he says that when they took him into custody Garcia had items in his possession that had been stolen in a burglary in the city.

Garcia is scheduled to appear Aug. 16 in Skokie district court.

Update 8:40 p.m.: The Evanston Review is reporting that Garcia suffered an apparent stroke shortly before he was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing this morning and was hospitalized. A spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office said that if he’s medically cleared, he may be rescheduled for the bond hearing Thursday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. What is it about Evanston
    What is it about Evanston that criminals come here from the far south and west sides of Chicago ?

    Wealth of residents ? CTA ? Reputation of liberals who will support sympathy sessions FOR them [hard childhood made them do it] instead of jail ?

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