Suit: Rookery Building Management, Security At Fault In Elevator Rape

Steve Miller
May 17, 2018 - 3:33 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A woman in her late 20s who works in the Rookery Building in the Loop is suing the building manager and its security firm, after she was raped there two weeks ago.

The lawsuit was filed by a woman who is calling herself "Jane Doe," the victim of sexual assault in an elevator in the historic Rookery Building at 209 South LaSalle.

"You hear about attacks in unsecured building or dangerous neighborhoods, but this was the Loop at 2 p.m. on a Saturday," the plaintiff's attorney, Andrew Stevens, said Thursday.

The woman had arrived for work and showed her ID, but the man who assaulted her was not required to sign in or show identification, Stevens said.

"The fact that the security guard allowed a predator to follow this young woman into an elevator and sexually attack her is really unthinkable and it's unacceptable."

The lawsuit asks for damages from the building management company and its security firm.

The Rookery Building manager, the John Buck Company, and the Titan Security Group have been asked for response.

The man charged in the rape, 29-year-old Robert Skipper, is being held at Cook County Jail without bond.