$250K bail for Logan Square neighborhood man facing sexual abuse charges

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Bail was set at $250,000 for a 37-year-old man charged with sexually abusing a CTA rider on the Brown Line who spotted him two days later on a train platform sporting the same red gym shoes he was wearing during the attack, police said.

Judge Israel Desierto set the bail for Angel Echevarria during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court building.  He is slated to appear in court again on Oct. 21.

Echevarria, of the 2600 block of North Harding Avenue, was charged with criminal sexual abuse and failure to register as a sex offender, police said.

Echevarria, who was wearing red gym shoes during the proceedings, is accused of sexually abusing a 25-year-old woman’s while she was riding a crowded Brown Line train Tuesday morning, police said.

A police report said the woman told Echevarria to stop several times and she tried to get away but couldn’t move as the train traveled southbound from the Fullerton station.Another rider eventually pulled  Echevarria off the woman and shielded her from him, allowing her to leave at the Sedgwick station, the report said.

While waiting for another Brown Line train Thursday at the Fullerton station, the woman noticed a man wearing the same red gym shoes that  Echevarria had on two days earlier, according to the report. She alerted CTA employees, who did not allow Echevarria to board a train and called police.

By Patrick Svitek

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