Man charged in Elmhurst attempted rape

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Police have arrested a man who they say punched a woman on an Elmhurst street before trying to rape her just blocks from his home last month.

Jorge Chabla, 31, has been charged with attempted rape, robbery, sex abuse and assault in the Aug. 16 attack, according to authorities.

The 23 year-old victim was walking along Gleane Street near Elmhurst Avenue at about 4:50 a.m. that day when Chabla allegedly came up to her from behind and punched her on the head, causing her to fall to the ground, police said. He attempted to grab the woman, but she resisted. The suspect then sexually abused the victim with his hand and fled.