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Man charged with sexually assaulting student in UIC campus dorm

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Tavares Humphries, 28. (Cook County Sheriff's Office) Tavares Humphries, 28. (Cook County Sheriff's Office)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a University of Illinois at Chicago student in a dormitory room shower Monday morning on the Near West Side campus, a university spokesman said.

Tavares Humphries, 28, has been charged with felony counts of attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, battery of a peace officer and residential burglary, according to Bill Burton, a UIC spokesman. Humphries, of the 3300 block of West Lexington Street, is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

The attack happened just after 10 a.m. at the Commons South residence hall, according to a crime alert issued by the university.

Other residents heard the attack and called UIC police, the alert said. The students were able to detain the suspect until officers arrived and took him into custody.

The suspect is not affiliated with the university, Burton said, calling it a "brazen crime."

The student is receiving medical care, and campus officials are providing on-site support and counseling to residents, the alert said.

The five-story residence hall at 700 S. Halsted Street houses about 190 undergraduate students, according to UIC's website.

The main entry door to the building is staffed, and other doors lock automatically, Burton said. The building is also equipped with "extensive" video surveillance, he said.

Authorities do not yet know how the suspect got into the building, but the alert urged students to make sure security doors are shut and locked at all times.

UIC police are increasing patrols in residence halls because of the incident.

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