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Man accused of attacking Columbia student who wouldn't buy him sandwiches

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October 17, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Park Manor man was arrested Tuesday evening after police officers identified him as the man accused of attacking Columbia College students this fall in the South Loop.

Cary High, 50, of the 7100 block of South Wabash Avenue, told one student that he "knows everyone from Columbia College and is the body guard for all students," according to the police report, when the student walked by him on South Michigan Avenue on Oct. 3.

"Buy me a sandwich," High said to the male student, according to court records, but the student said he had no money. "High said he did not believe him, and that he would remember him," the report said.

Five days later, High approached the same male student again, according to the report. "I remember you. Do you remember me?" High allegedly said, and then asked him to buy him a sandwich again. The student gave High five dollars, the report said, to which High responded, "That's not enough, give me all your money."

High then lunged at the student "with clenched fists", the report said, demanding money, and the student fled.

High was also charged with battery for an incident which took place on Sept. 23. According to the police report, High approached a 22-year-old female student near the intersection of Harrison Street and Wabash Avenue, grabbed her arm, and made an obscene comment about having sex with her. The student fled, the report said, while High continued to scream obscenities at her.

High was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Thursday afternoon and held on $250,000 bond.

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