CICERO – David Guerrero, 19, of Cicero isn't afraid to get involved.
According to his mother, Angelica Guerrero, her children were instilled with the kind of values that make it easy to understand why her son would instinctlively go to the rescue of a fellow University of Illinois at Chicago student as she was being attacked in a dormitory shower March 31.
Cicero officials honored Guerrero at Tuesday's Town Board meeting with a resolution proclaiming his intervention was an act of heroism, not only in helping the victim, but in aiding with the capture of a 28-year-old man charged as the girl's attacker.
David Guerrero was heading to a restroom in a UIC dorm when he heard screams in the womens shower. He walked in and called out to see if anyone needed help as the victim began running toward him. He then saw the girl's attacker, and grabbed and held the man while others called police.
Police charged Tavares Humphries, of the 3300 block of West Lexington Street, Chicago, with attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, battery of a police officer and residential burglary for allegedly attacking the female student in the dorm shower.
Town Spokesman Ray Hanania said he was asked by Town President Larry Dominick, who was absent from the meeting, to express his best wishes to the hero student.
"All too often, so many negative things are said, but every great once in a while we are very proud of the fact that somebody from the Town of Cicero is able to do such good and intervene to help somebody in need," Hanania said. "It reflects everything we strive for."
David Guerrero thanked the board for the proclamation and said he was proud to represent Cicero in a positive light.
Angelica Guerrero said her son's reaction to the incident was typical of who he is.
"'He's just that kind of person," she said. "Growing up with his two brothers, he has always been very helpful. It does not surprise me at all. "
Angelica Guerrero said her son, who is presently studying as a financial planning major, has been asked by friends and relatives if the events of March 31 have influenced him to follow the path of his father, part-time Cicero police officer Ray Guerrero, but the student said he was committed to his present studies.
Angelica Guerrero said her son has not said much to the media, and even his family, about the incident in respect for the victim's privacy.
'We're just really happy he was able to help out and get [Humphries] arrested," she said. "He's an amazing son. He's always been a good kid."
Town Supervisor Joseph Virruso told Guerrero the incident hit close to home to him and his family.
"I have a soft spot for [UIC]," he said. " My daughter graduated from there. The Town of Cicero wants to thank you so much."