|Disgraced Chicago Ridge fire official, Gary Swiercz, gives a thumb-up in Facebook photo.|
Nine days before 49-year-old Gary M. Swiercz, a Chicago Ridge deputy fire chief from Tinley Park, Illinois, allegedly tried to rape and murder his neighbor, he openly admitted to having anger issues.
On Saturday, January 5, 2013, around 2:35 a.m., Swiercz broke into a female neighbor's condo unit on the 8100 block of West 168th Place, said Tinley Park police.
According to various news reports, the 49-year-old deputy fire chief --- who was wearing a ski mask during the assault --- was armed with a knife, duct tape, an eight-inch dildo, and lubricant.
Investigators said Swiercz put his hand over the sleeping woman's mouth, as he pressed a 3-inch knife to her throat... when she began to scream, he grabbed her by the hair and slammed her to the floor, several times.
Apparently realizing the victim wasn't going to stop fighting for her life, the suspect fled the scene.
Fitting the offender's description, Swiercz was arrested in the condo's parking lot.
Once charged with protecting the public, the Chicago Ridge deputy chief is now facing attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault, and residential burglary charges.
Swiercz's family members, friends, and colleagues are urging the public not to jump to conclusions, but Chicago News Report found evidence that Swiercz has anger issues.
Nine days before the alleged attack occurred, the seemingly troubled man put his Facebook friends on notice:
"So, do we all dare to make a new years resolution?. I will try. I will try to be a more patient, understanding and compasionate [sic] person and maybe try a bit harder to tame my anger. I've been a bit on edge lately. Feel I owe it to all those who love me!!"
While the deputy's camp is rallying to his side, they might want to keep an eye on his son, too. We hear junior "likes to blow things up."