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A Richton Park man was arrested Nov. 25 and charged with Class 4 felony battery after he allegedly groped multiple women on the Old Plank Road Trail in three separate incidents this fall, the Frankfort Police Department announced in a Nov. 26 news release.
Anthony C. Swift, 33, of the 22800 block of East Drive in Richton Park, was arrested in connection with incidents reported on the trail Sept. 10, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6. In each incident, a woman reported a lone man had grabbed her buttocks.
At around 11:20 a.m. Nov. 25, Frankfort officers received several reports of a potential suspect running between the Larch Road and the LaGrange Road suspension bridge, according to police. A woman reported she was walking westbound on the trail when she saw a man matching the description of the suspect in previous cases running eastbound toward her. The woman said she passed the man, continued walking westbound and noticed someone quickly approaching her from behind. At that point, she said she turned around and saw the man behind her. She reported she thought he was attempting to touch her, but he was startled by her movement and changed direction, running east along the trail.
Frankfort patrol officers worked with a Will County Forest Preserve officer to set up a perimeter, which they began to tighten with each reported sighting, according to police. The man, later identified as Swift, was detained on the trail between Oak and White Streets, and taken to the Frankfort Police station for additional questioning. Through investigation, police determined Swift was a regular trail user and would sometimes park near the trail and Larch Road, according to the release. On Nov. 25, he reportedly parked near White and Elwood streets.
After being processed and interviewed by Frankfort police, Swift was transferred to the Will County Jail, where he awaits a bond hearing.
The Frankfort Police Department wishes to thank the community and other law enforcement agencies for all of the leads and tips investigators received that led to the arrest.
A photo has not yet been released at this time, as detectives still need to meet with victims who were not available No. 25, Frankfort Deputy Police Chief Kevin Keegan wrote in an email.
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