Berwyn man denied bail in charges of carjacking, sexually assaulting ride-share driver

Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune
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A Cook County judge on Tuesday denied bail for a Berwyn man charged with the March 8 carjacking, sexual assault and armed kidnapping of a female ride-share driver.

Andrew Anania, 25, allegedly met the ride-share driver outside a Darien restaurant, then held the victim at gunpoint and demanded she drive him to Summit, where he sexually assaulted her inside of the vehicle, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Larkin.

Anania then ordered the victim to drive him to Stickney, where he sexually assaulted her a second time, then proceeded to tell the victim to drive him to the West Side Little Village neighborhood, where he robbed her of cash and fled near the area of 24th Street and Albany Avenue, Larkin said.

“The facts are chilling what this defendant allegedly did to this victim,” Cook County Judge Margaret M. Ogarek said at a Tuesday bond hearing.

In 2014, Anania was one of three teens charged in the killing of a 16-year-old boy in the Little Village neighborhood, and was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, according to public records.

At the time of Anania’s arrest on Friday, there was a federal warrant out for his arrest on charges of unlawful transport of firearms, according to public records.

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