A 34-year old man, Keith Thomas, has been charged with one felony count each of attempted criminal sexual assault by force, kidnapping by force or threat of force and aggravated battery for Friday's attempted sexual assault in an alley in the 1900 block of Halsted. According to the Chicago Police Department, the attack occurred around noon when the offender pulled a resident into the alley. Thankfully, the victim was able to escape unharmed and, because of the many security cameras in the vicinity, the fleeing suspect was identified and swiftly arrested within an hour. He remains in custody.

Police credit the use of neighborhood cameras, which allowed the quick identification and capture of Thomas. If you are interested in connecting your camera with the Chicago Police Department, as we discussed in our 43rd Ward Safety meeting in May, click here .