Deandre Minor, 28, of the 800 block of West 78th Street, was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault with bodily harm, robbery and home invasion/sex offense. The attack happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. Friday morning on the 1200 block of North Stone Street, police said. (Earlier the Tribune had incorrectly reported that the incident happened in 2009, but that information was incorrect.)
Two Near North District officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the high rise in the 1200 block of North Stone Street. The victim’s son called 911 when he heard his mother screaming in her bedroom, and he was initially unable to unlock her door, police said.
Meanwhile, Minor allegedly choked the woman and tried to sexually assault her. But the son retrieved a large knife and was able to eventually confront Minor with it, chasing him out of the unit, police said.
Soon thereafter, two officers arrived at the building and encountered Minor sitting in a chair by the entrance. Police said the man was pretending to change his clothes when the officers arrived and acted as if he knew nothing about home invasion.
“Yeah, he took my shirt. He ran out the door,” Minor allegedly told the officers.
The officers didn’t fall for it. They drew their weapons at Minor, whom police describe as well-built and muscular, and he was placed into custody.
Police said they knew Minor was not the doorman because he was shirtless and breathing heavily, almost as if he was in a hurry somewhere. The officers also found a shirt belonging to the victim in Minor’s possession, police said.
The victim later confirmed the shirt belonged to her, police said, and Minor’s shirt was found in her 4th floor unit.
Police had also been looking into whether Minor tried to break into another unit within that high-rise before attacking the woman.
Police could not say how Minor got into the victim’s unit. But she told police she never locks her front door.
Minor had just been released from Cook County Jail on July 31 after being convicted of a 2010 criminal sexual abuse charge during a 2012 bench trial, according to court records. He was sentenced to three years in prison in August of 2012, but Minor appealed the ruling.
He was arrested on Aug. 8 for criminal trespassing and was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 24 for that charge, according to Cook County court records.
Minor’s criminal record includes convictions for burglary, retail theft and resisting an officer.
He is scheduled to appear in Bond Court this afternoon.
By Deanese Williams-Harris and Jeremy Gorner, Tribune reporters
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