Deputy fire chief released from jail on bond
A deputy fire chief in the Southwest suburbs was released from jail today after posting bond.
Gary Swiercz posted the $15,000 needed to leave jail on bond, but he will not be going back to work.
The Chicago Ridge Fire Department has placed him on administrative leave.
The 49-year old Gary Swiercz returned from jail to his father’s home in Southwest suburban Worth.
The Tinley Park resident has been charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated criminal sexual assault and residential burglary.
Swiercz earned the rank of deputy chief five years ago in Chicago Ridge. He’s been with the department for nearly 25 years.
He’s accused of breaking into the home of a woman who lives in his condo building.
Police say he was wearing a ski mask and carrying a folding knife. Prosecutors say he had duct tape, rope, a sex toy and lubricant.
During his bond hearing over the weekend it was alleged Swiercz put his hand over the woman’s mouth while she was sleeping and put a blade to her throat.
He forced her into the kitchen, prosecutors say, where he threw her down, grabbed her hair and slammed her on the floor multiple times.
He left through a back door and witnesses say they saw him throw away some items in a dumpster.
Swiercz’s attorney said in court the incident was out of character and could be due to a medication error.
He has been ordered on electronic monitoring.
Swiercz has a prior arrest for domestic battery back in 1996.