A Chicago man is accused of verbally assaulting a woman in the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital parking garage following a road rage incident, Downers Grove police said.
Police said they were called to the hospital, 3825 Highland Ave., shortly after 7 a.m. on Oct. 4. The victim, an employee at the hospital, told police she was verbally assaulted while trying to park her car between the first and second levels of the parking deck.
The victim said she first saw the offender—identified by police as Michael Dobbs, 46, of the 3800 block of W. 87th Street in Chicago—after seeing an open parking space. Dobbs, who was parked to the right of the space, had his driver's door open, blocking the victim from parking, police said.
According to the report, the victim sounded her horn to see if Dobbs would be out of the way soon. Dobbs began "screaming violently and approaching her car," police said, and started "violently kicking the front bumper of her car in a rage."
The victim stated she became "shocked, alarmed and disturbed" over the outburst, so she backed up and parked about seven spaces down on the north side of the aisle, police said.
As the victim exited her car to walk to work, Dobbs began walking rapidly toward her, threatening to kill her and screaming profanities, according to the report. Fearing for her life, the victim ran from the parking garage to the hospital's security office.
When officers arrived, another hospital employee said she heard a man screaming in a violent rage while she was entering the parking garage 60 feet away, police said. As she turned the corner, she saw Dobbs kicking the front bumper of a vehicle and noticed it was a co-worker in the car.
Both women described the offender as a white man in his 50s, with gray hair and wearing a black jacket, gray pants and a hat, police said.
After about 30 minutes, hospital security located Dobbs, who fit the physical description and vehicle information provided by the victim, in a medical office just west of the parking deck, authorities said.
Dobbs was charged with assault, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, police said. He was released on an I-bond, and issued a Nov. 7 court date.
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