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Man charged after woman’s body found in a suitcase

A South Side man is charged with concealing a death after a woman’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a Roseland alley.

Arthur Cain, 53, told police he got spooked when some children saw him lugging the suitcase down an alley Dec. 27, so he ditched it in the 300 block of West 115 Street, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Molly Donnelly said in court Sunday.

The children opened the suitcase and found the body, later identified as Dominique Ferguson, 21.

Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan set bail at $1 million for Cain, who was charged with concealing a death and moving a body.

Cain — who lives in the 300 block of West 116th Street, about a block from where the body was found — told police he knew Ferguson and “had a relationship with her,” Donnelly said.

Cain told police he “found the victim dead in his home and put her body in a suitcase,” she said.

The cause of Ferguson’s death is pending toxicology reports from the Cook Country Medical Examiner’s Office, Donnelly said.

Ferguson lived in the 400 block of West 125th Place.

Cain is on parole for murder, Donnelly said. He was sentenced to 70 years for a murder and armed robbery in 1980, but was paroled in May.