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Ex-Chicago Ridge Fire Chief Pleads Not Guilty In Attack

Gary M. Swiercz was charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault, and residential burglary. (Credit: Tinley Park Police)

Gary M. Swiercz was charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault, and residential burglary. (Credit: Tinley Park Police)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The former Chicago Ridge deputy fire chief has pleaded not guilty to a brutal attack on one of his neighbors.

Cook county prosecutors claim Gary Swiercz broke into his neighbor’s Tinley Park condo wearing a ski mask and carrying a knife, rope, zip ties, duct tape, an 8-inch sex toy and lubricant.

The 28-year-old woman’s throat was slashed in the attack. The two had no prior relationship, but prosecutors say that when she escaped, she ran for help, knocking on Swiercz’s door.

For now, Swiercz is out on bond, subject to electronic monitoring and staying in Worth, where he once was the fire chief.