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Police: Trucker tied up and assaulted woman in semi cab

Tanay Caruth
Tanay Caruth

BOLINGBROOK - A Crest Hill man allegedly choked and raped a woman inside the cab of his semi truck Sunday night.

Tanay D. Caruth, 52, has been charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual abuse and aggravated domestic battery.

According to prosecutors, the victim and four children were at a parking lot along the Interstate 55 Frontage Road when Caruth took the victim in his cab "tied (her) up and put a drawstring around her neck," then sexually assaulted her.

At 7:05 p.m. the victim was able to dial 911 and say she'd been tied up and battered before the phone disconnected. Lt. Anthony Columbus said officers went to the parking lot where "Caruth alleged there were no problems and he was just there with his kids."

When officers knocked on the cab, they could her the victim yelling inside and found her with her wrists still tied, according to Columbus. The victim was hospitalized and the children were later turned over to her family,

At a bond hearing Monday, Caruth said he has been working for a Wisconsin-based trucking company since last week. He will be represented by the Will County Public Defender's office.

"I believe he's an extreme danger to (this victim), the kids and the public," an assistant state's attorney told Judge Art Smiegelski, who set Caruth's bond to be released from the Will County jail at $1 million.

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