Registered sex offender charged in West Loop kidnapping attempt, 2 other attacks against women

Quavon Ewing | Chicago police

A Chicago man has been charged with trying to kidnap a woman in the West Loop and two other attacks against women that happened on the same day.

Quavon Ewing, 32, is accused of trying to drag a woman inside his car Sunday morning in the 200 block of South Sangamon Street. Police said on the same day, Ewing also beat up a woman in the 100 block of West Roosevelt Road and attacked another woman, 25, in the 600 block of South State Street.

In the Roosevelt attack, Ewing is accused of wrapping his arms around the woman. He let go when the woman bit him in the neck, according to the police report.

In the State Street attack, he is accused of pushing the woman into the corner of the Harrison Street station on the Red Line and pouring a bottle of urine on her, police said.

Ewing was arrested after CTA personnel recognized him from a police alert and notified the department’s mass transit unit.

Ewing is registered as a sex offender in Mount Sterling, Illinois.


He was arrested Tuesday in the Loop, according to police.

Ewing, of Back of the Yards, was charged with attempted kidnapping and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place.

At about 8:45 a.m. Sunday, a woman was walking in the 200 block of South Sangamon Street when Ewing approached her, grabbed both of her arms and tried to pull her inside a maroon Dodge Plymouth minivan, police said. The victim began to scream.

"It was gut-wrenching, primordial even – immediately got our attention," said Thomas James, who was a passenger in a rideshare nearby and heard the victim’s screams. He and his driver quickly decided to check it out.

"She sped over there, I jumped out of the vehicle and approached the van, screaming at the man," said James.

Then he says Ewing threatened him.

"He picked up a screwdriver and said I will kill you," said James.

The 45-year-old woman was not injured, and Ewing fled in the minivan.

Two days before the attacks, Ewing walked into the Englewood District police station and surrendered on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court, Cook County court records.

Officers discovered he hadn’t registered as a sex offender, and he was charged with a felony. He was released from custody the next day.

Ewing has been arrested dozens of times and has multiple felony convictions, including for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Ewing is due in bond court Wednesday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.