Deputy fire chief charged with attempted murder

TINLEY PARK – A suburban Chicago fire official has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into a woman's condominium unit.

Tinley Park police said 49-year-old Gary Swiercz allegedly broke in early Saturday while armed with a knife, rope and duct tape. He allegedly forced the woman to the floor and beat her.

Police said the attacker fled after a struggle. They arrested Swiercz in the condominium's parking lot because he matched the attacker's description.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Swiercz, of Tinley Park, is deputy fire chief in Chicago Ridge.

He was charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault and residential burglary.

Bond was set at $150,000.

His attorney, Colleen McSweeney Moore, told the newspaper the attack is out of character for Swiercz.

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