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Attempted Murder Charges Against Man Wielding a Knife, Invading Tinley Park Home

Tinley Park police arrest a knife wielding, 49-year-old man after a home invasion. The woman sustained minor injuries.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 6 to include Swiercz's occupation. 

A Tinley Park woman was attacked in her home in the wee hours of Saturday morning by a man wielding a knife. Police arrested a man matching the description of the attacker in the condominium parking lot.  

Gary M. Swiercz, a 49-year-old Chicago Ridge deputy fire chief, was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault and residential burglary, police said.

According to the Tinley Park police report, the woman said a man entered her condominium home about 2:35 a., forced her to the floor and beat her. The two struggled and the man fled the scene.

She was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

Swiercz is being held at Cook County jail. A bond hearing is pending.

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Baba Wawa January 07, 2013 at 04:43 AM
According to the Southtown and Tribune, his bond is $150,000 and he is a neighbor of the victim. They live in the same building.
Harry Callahan January 07, 2013 at 02:07 PM
First thing that came to my mind,how did he get in,was the door not locked,what kind of locks were in the door,being a fireman did he know how to break-in like with a axe,because living in a condo and to make any kind of noise of braking in a door would sure arouse someone especially at that time of the day when your total noise level is silent at 2 or 3 in the morn. and if reported correctly he was a occupant of the condo????????? HOW DID HE GET IN?
Harry Callahan January 07, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Last time I heard if reported correctly is that he is going to placed on bond,and will wear a electronic device,but the reporting of some of these incidents that have been occurring recently the reporting is all over the board or mum.
Stephen C. Lingle January 07, 2013 at 03:42 PM
The news today made it sound like he lived in the building? Tinley is very tight lipped when things like this happen.
Baba Wawa January 07, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Not sound like he lived in the building; he did live in the building. Tinley being tight lipped is irrelevant. The facts were brought out at the bond hearing for all the world to hear and were reported in various newspapers for all the world to see. The Assistant State's Attorney at the bond hearing said he lived in the same building.

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