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Antoine Dobine, 53, was in the right place at the right time Saturday night as he listened to an unidentified 36-year-old kidnapping victim bang on the window of the abandoned home near the 19100 block of Eggleston Avenue in West Pullman.
He immediately called the police after hearing the woman’s screams. Authorities found the victim chained by her ankles to a bedroom wall inside the home, according to FOX 32.
The woman, who remains unidentified for privacy reasons, says she was trapped inside the brick house for four or five days and was raped twice by her kidnapper.
“She left me there handcuffed and chained,” she told WGN TV, adding that she met her abductor last week when she was running errands at a local store.
“I ended up bumping into him and he was like, ‘You know, come here for a minute,'” she said. The male offender, believed to be in his 60s and 5ft 8in, then grabbed the woman, who tried to fight him off, before dragging her into the empty house.
The woman was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in fair condition after police escorted her out of the home around 5:30 p.m.
“First I thought she was a little girl there, but then we found out she was a young girl,” Dobine said.
Dobine livestreamed the discovery on his Facebook
Dobine livestreamed the discovery on his Facebook, which now has more than 800,000 views. He added that he saw the man leave the empty house, wearing a corduroy jacket, moments before police arrived on the scene.
The victim said that she is thankful that the activist noticed her after asking for help on a daily basis.
“He could have ignored me, but he listened and helped me,” she said of Dobine. ‘I’m just blessed. I am truly blessed.
She added that she is lucky to be alive and hopes there are no more similar incidents carried out by her kidnapper.
“I think she will strike again,” she told WGN TV. I just want him to be caught.
At a news conference Monday, Chicago Police Officer and Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said the investigation was ongoing and no arrests had been made related to the incident.
Authorities are also investigating several other crimes that occurred in the area, including the death of a 17-year-old boy, Deenihan said.
Dobine booked a hotel room for the woman, who is originally from the area, for next week in an effort to help.
She has raised $950 of a $250,000 goal to provide a permanent home for the victim on Spotfund. She is also raising funds to build a shelter to help women escape s*xual abuse and assault through her non-profit organization, called ‘Hands Around Hundreds’.
The abandoned house where the victim was found had been unoccupied for years, according to Dobine, a West Pullman resident since 1973.
He described it as a ‘candy shop’ that he and his friends would find when they were younger, due to the woman who lived there at the time handing out candy to neighborhood children.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, but the woman said she was desperate for help before Dobine found her at the vacant property .
The local activist added that Saturday’s discovery means local communities should have more control over “disinvested” parts of their neighborhoods.
Abandoned properties and vacant lots are labeled dangerous in West Pullman, he said, but they’re hard to tear down or fix.
He wants to transform these vacant spaces into places to live for those who find themselves homeless, escaping abuse, returning from a jail sentence, or other difficult times that people go through.
“The banks that own these properties and the landlords that own these properties need to come to terms with the rest of the community,” he told Block Club Chicago. ‘If you’re not going to sell it to us, let us rent it, fix it up and put it to use.
Dobine has also been involved in youth sports for the last 30 years and offers to help people through his charity work find jobs and improve their mental health.
“I’m just trying to save my community and do whatever I can for my community,” Dobine said. We do everything we can to help.
Police continue to investigate and search for the suspect.