Chicago Man wanted for Multiple Sexual Assaults, Robbery, and Escape Captured in Oregon Following Sheriff’s Police Investigation

Sep 29, 2023Press Release

COOK COUNTY, IL – A 34-year-old man wanted for the aggravated criminal sexual assaults of two women in Chicago, as well as for robbery and escape from electronic monitoring, is now in custody after the Cook County Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit tracked down his location in Oregon, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Rene Chandler was apprehended in Portland, OR, by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force after members of the Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit developed leads on his whereabouts.

After he was taken into custody, task force members recovered an illegal firearm along with more than $19,000 in cash, several driver’s licenses, and numerous stolen credit cards and social security cards. Upon further investigation, officers learned Chandler he used numerous fictitious names, identifications, and social security numbers to elude capture.

Chandler was wanted on four arrest warrants out of Cook County. Two were connected to charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault stemming from two separate cases in 2018. The third stemmed from a 2019 robbery charge, and the fourth stemmed from his escape from electronic monitoring in 2020. He also has three active warrants out of Colorado for charges including theft and bribery.

In April this year, Chandler was indicted on current charges he faced in Cook County. At this time, Chandler is being held in custody in Multnomah County Jail while further investigations are being conducted at both the local and federal level regarding additional charges.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.