At­tempted rapist who was scared off by man wield­ing a long sword pleads guilty

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCH DUDEK, STAFF RE­PORTER mdudek@sun­ | @mitch­dudek

A man whose at­tempt to rape a woman in a Wicker Park apart­ment was in­ter­rupted by a sword­wield­ing “Game of Thrones” fan pleaded guilty Thurs­day, more than three years af­ter the at­tack.

Fran­cisco Chavez, 42, who’s been held in jail with­out bond since his ar­rest, pleaded guilty to charges that in­cluded ag­gra­vated crim­i­nal sex­ual as­sault. He re­ceived a five-year prison sen­tence, ac­cord­ing to a Cook County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice spokes­woman.

Chavez sneaked into the apart­ment in the morn­ing hours of June 23, 2017.

Mac Dolan, who was 25 at the time and lived at the apart­ment, awoke at 5 a.m. to the sound of scream­ing. He hopped out of bed, flicked on the lights and saw a man he didn’t know punch­ing, chok­ing and try­ing to rip the clothes off a fe­male guest who’d crashed on his liv­ing room couch af­ter a night out.

“I saw the guy stand­ing over her, and she was kick­ing and scream­ing,” Dolan told the Chicago Sun-Times days af­ter the at­tack. “And I just started yelling and run­ning at the guy ba­si­cally and grabbed the sword that we have on the wall and chased him to­ward the back stairs.”

It was a 44-inch-long, 10-pound sword that he pur­chased for $100 weeks ear­lier dur­ing a trip to Me­dieval Times — a restau­rant/the­ater where din­ner is served up with joust­ing and other knightly the­atrics in a space re­sem­bling a cas­tle.

Chavez took a mo­ment to reg­is­ter what Dolan was do­ing.

“He didn’t re­ally start run­ning un­til he saw me grab the sword,” said Dolan, a soft­ware con­sul­tant. “Then, he went bug-eyed.

“When I got to the land­ing at the top of the stairs, I took one cut at him with the sword, but he ducked, and I missed and dented the wood rail­ing.”

Chavez ran down the stairs. Dolan went back to check on the bruised and rat­tled woman, call 911 and wake a friend vis­it­ing from Bos­ton who’d slept through it all on a couch sev­eral feet away.

“While we were wait­ing for po­lice to ar­rive, I found the guy’s wal­let on the ground,” Dolan said. “It must have fallen out of his pocket.”

Around the time the po­lice got there, Chavez walked in­side a nearby po­lice sta­tion in Lo­gan Square and re­ported he’d been the vic­tim of a rob­bery, that his wal­let was stolen.

Of­fi­cers ran a search on his name and dis­cov­ered he was wanted for the at­tack in Dolan’s apart­ment.

A state­ment from the woman who sur­vived the at­tack was read by a pros­e­cu­tor dur­ing a court hear­ing Thurs­day. The woman, a mu­si­cian who was in her late 20s at the time of the at­tack, said she used con­cealer on her wounds and played a show the fol­low­ing day.

But as time went on she suf­fered from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der and found her­self “shattered” as her life be­gan to un­ravel.

She said she’s gone through ther­apy and is heal­ing and ex­pressed hope Chavez could too.

“I sin­cerely hope that you are able to heal wher­ever you are hurt,” she said in the let­ter.


Mac Dolan holds the nearly 4-foot sword he used to scare an at­tempted rapist from his Wicker Park apart­ment in 2017.

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