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Man Arrested After Sexually Assaulting 66-Year-Old Woman At Area Park

Derrik Burke

A man has been arrested after sexually assaulting a 66-year-old women at an area park after punching a 49-year-old man that was with her.

The incident happened on July 20 shortly before Noon at Buttercup Playlot, a park which is just outside the Edgewater boundary but still within the 48th Ward at 4901 N. Sheridan. According to police the incident started when 19-year-old Arnie Spaulding threatened the woman by saying he was going to shoot her.

That is when another man, 56-year-old Derrick Burke, punched the 49-year-old man in the head and neck. Then Burke started to touch the woman inappropriately as he sexually assaulted her. The suspects left the scene but were apprehended about 30 minutes later on the 900 block of W. Lawrence.

Burke is being held without bail and is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault of a person over age 60, aggravated criminal sexual assault causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery of a person over age 60 and aggravated battery in a public place. He is due in court on August 10. Spaulding is being charged on assault and was released on a recognizance bond.

According to a report by cwbchicago.com, Burke was recently paroled from prison on July 4 after serving just over eight years. Their report also uncovered that Burke is a career criminal, spending almost 40 years in prison since 1983 for 12 different offenses all involving burglary and theft.


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