Man charged in attack and assault of teen in Belmont Cragin

Chicago police have made an arrest in  the rape and brutal assault of a 15 -year-old girl who was attacked while walking to school in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood last month.

Prosecutors charged 25-year-old Luis Pantoja with attempted murder, sexual assault, and battery.

The assault happened December 17th in the 2400 block of North Long Ave.

A man, who came out of his house to clear snow, found the girl half-naked lying in a pool of blood in his backyard.

She remains hospitalized.

Police say DNA evidence led them to Panjoja.  He was arrested Friday night at his home without incident.

Authorities asked for a sign language interpreter during the hearing. According to the police report, Pantoja is deaf and mute.

He had been arrested in August of 2013 for criminal sexual assault.  Court records show he was appointed a public defender and appeared before a judge who set bail at $200,000 dollars.

In September, another judge dismissed the charge on a finding of no probable cause.

Chicago police have made an arrest in  the rape and brutal assault of a 15 -year-old girl who was attacked while walking to school in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood last month.

Prosecutors charged 25-year-old Luis Pantoja with attempted murder, sexual assault, and battery.

The assault happened December 17th in the 2400 block of North Long Ave.

A man, who came out of his house to clear snow, found the girl half-naked lying in a pool of blood in his backyard.

She remains hospitalized.

Police say DNA evidence led them to Panjoja.  He was arrested Friday night at his home without incident.

Authorities asked for a sign language interpreter during the hearing. According to the police report, Pantoja is deaf and mute.

He had been arrested in August of 2013 for criminal sexual assault.  Court records show he was appointed a public defender and appeared before a judge who set bail at $200,000 dollars.

In September, another judge dismissed the charge on a finding of no probable cause.

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