Chicago -- A woman being held captive in a vacant house in Chicago’s Far South Side was rescued after a man walking by heard her cries for help. He immediately alerted the cops who arrived at the scene and searched the property to find a 36-year-old woman chained inside.

The victim was being held against her will and said that she had been sexually assaulted inside the West Pullman home for days.

Before the abduction, the woman said she was walking to a store in the neighborhood last week when she ran into the suspect, said to be in his 60s. She noted that it was her second encounter with the suspect before the assault.

“I ended up bumping into him and he was like, ‘you know, come here for a minute,'” the woman told WGN News.

A struggle ensued and the suspect grabbed the woman, according to the victim’s account.

“I’m trying to fight him but I can’t fight him,” she added.

The suspect allegedly took the woman to the vacant house and kept her there for days.

“He raped me twice,” the woman told the outlet. “He left me in there handcuffed and chained.”

The woman would scream for help every day, but her cries went unheard until the passerby, Antione Dobine, was in the area Saturday evening.

“As I got closer, I’m hearing boom, boom, boom, help! That’s what made me call the police,” said Dobine. He stayed at the scene and live-streamed the woman’s discovery on Facebook.

“I called the police immediately,” he told NBC Chicago. “I waited for them to come, and when police got here they discovered there was a young lady in there, handcuffed and chained.”

The woman was rushed to a hospital on being rescued. The case is being investigated as a sexual assault and kidnapping incident.

Dobine, a community activist, said in his video: “I just located a girl inside of this house. Police say she’s chained up.”

He noted that he saw a man, roughly 5-foot-8-inches tall and dressed in a blue jean corduroy jacket, leaving the vacant house before cops arrived.

The victim said she was grateful for Dobine's prompt actions.

“He could have ignored me but he heard me and he helped me,” she told WGN News. “I’m just blessed. I’m truly blessed.”

Regarding the suspect, she said: "I believe he will strike again. I just want him caught.”

Residents in the area are hoping that authorities will do something about the vacant, abandoned properties in the area.

“Let’s open the abandoned homes,” West Pullman resident Louis Walton-Muhammed told the outlet. “Let’s walk through the homes. Let’s do a search. Let’s lock it back up and make sure everything is OK.”

Dobine also said he wants to raise funds to transform the area’s vacant properties into resources for the community. “Returning citizens from incarceration need a place to stay,” Dobine added. “Our mental health people need a place to stay to get back on their feet.”

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