A good Samaritan is speaking out after potentially saving the life of a woman who was being held captive in an abandoned house in far south Chicago over the weekend.
Chicago police say the 36-year-old woman was found inside an abandoned property in the 11900 block of South Eggleston on Saturday afternoon.
A passerby heard the woman screaming inside the house and immediately called the police.
“Around 5:45 p.m. I was walking down the street,” Antione Dobine said.
Dobine says he heard someone banging on a window and screaming inside a house near the intersection of 119and Street and Eggleston.
“I immediately called the police,” he said. “I waited for them to come, and when the police arrived they found there was a young woman handcuffed and in chains.”
Authorities say they freed the woman from an upstairs bedroom and took her to an area hospital. Police are investigating crime like a sexual assault and kidnapping, and the chilling situation has locals calling on the city to help solve the abandoned housing problem.
“We have to do something,” said Louis Walton-Muhammad. “When a person comes to this neighborhood, it’s the first thing they see. Grass all the way, properties that people don’t care about, and in their minds they’re like, “Oh, this is a good place to hide someone.”
Dobine agrees, saying the city needs to invest funds in the area both to tackle the abandoned homes themselves and the crimes those structures could be used to cover up.
“You have the money,” he said. “You have all of these entities that you can use for us to build our community, and it’s about us to build that community.”
As for the heinous crime itself, police said the woman was released from an area hospital on Sunday morning and the search for the person who held her was continuing.