Friday, May 12, 2017

Man Detained After Fondling Teen On Red Line; Disturbing Tweets and FB Posts Preceded Assault

Passengers detained Nawaz (inset) at North-Clyborn |  Station image: Kevin Zolkiewicz
Minutes after posting a string of disturbing Facebook and Twitter messages, an Evanston man grabbed a 15-year-old girl's breasts as they rode a CTA Red Line train last week, prompting other passengers to rise up and hold him for cops at the North and Clybourn station, according to court records and online accounts.

Less than 30 minutes before Nawaz's arrest, this post appeared on Facebook | Facebook
A series of troubling posts leading up to the incident appear to show the alleged offender making repeated comments about sex and girls--even citing a recent case in which another man molested a teen girl on a CTA bus.

Train Assault

A teen girl was seated with her mother on the Red Line around 9:45 p.m. on May 2 when 25-year-old Gibran Nawaz walked up next to her and fondled her breasts through her sweater, witnesses told police.

Three male passengers confronted Nawaz with one announcing "you just can't do that," according to a police report.

Nawaz exited the train at North and Clybourn, followed quickly by a Chicago man and two tourists from Los Angeles who detained him for authorities.

Prosecutors charged Nawaz with felony aggravated battery in a public place and a judge set bail at $100,000. He is due back in court on June 2.

Bizarre Posts

A series of troubling Tweets appeared on a new account under the name "Gibran Nawaz" starting on May 1.
There are disturbing signs on Facebook and Twitter that Nawaz was struggling with sex-related thoughts for hours before he allegedly fondled the girl.

On the morning of the assault, a new Facebook account for "Gibran Nawaz" launched with a long, graphic post about sex, rape, and hidden messages.

"Please arrest all threat makers, rapists, and molestors [sic]," Nawaz write about 12 hours before being arrested.

Nawaz identifies himself in the post as a college student who is living in a hotel near the Belmont Red Line station.

"They do arrest rapists, just call 911. Here is a recent arrest," he wrote before linking to a Chicago Tribune story about a 79-year-old man who allegedly fondled a 14-year-old girl onboard a CTA bus days earlier.

Unlike the 79-year-old man, who escaped when a fellow passenger showed him how to operate the bus' emergency exit, Nawaz was detained by Good Samaritans who decided to step in.

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  1. Dude is whack! Nice work by good citizens.

  2. Whats going on in the world today with people just doing whatever they won't? Completely illegal activity!!!

  3. In the other case cited how could a 79yr old sex offender "escape" police custody?

    1. Absolutely nowhere does it say that he escaped police custody. No where at all.

  4. Thank you to the men who confronted this perv!

  5. Thank you so much to the men who stepped in to help this little girl. A few months ago I was grabbed on the street by a man and another man came to help me. I always think what could have happened if he didn't come help me.

  6. Ladies and even gentlemen yes it was awesome that people stepped in to help her BUT unfortunately nowadays you can only count and rely on yourself to help you. Do not count on anyone to do the right thing or help you out. There are way more stories out there where samerations walk right by and do nothing or even call the police. So please be aware of your situations and get yourself some self d defense training or firearms training etc. be able to handle yourself. Wish it didn't need to be this way but counting on someone else to help you out of a bad situation just might not happen as lucky as his little girl.