2:12 PM CDT, August 6, 2013
Two teenagers are facing felony robbery and sexual assault charges in connection with a pair of weekend incidents on the South Side, police said.
According to a press release from the Chicago Police Department's News Affairs office, Rasheed Hinton, 17, of the 9100 block of South Colfax Avenue, and an unidentified 14-year-old boy have both been charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon.
Hinton was ordered held on $750,000 bail by Judge Donald Panarese, Jr. this morning. Hinton, who according to his attorney is a high school student going into his senior year, wore jeans and a white T-shirt in court and loudly punched the door frame while being taken out of the courtroom back to the lockup.
According to the release, the two were arrested because they matched the offender descriptions in a pair of sexual assault cases -- one at 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 8900 block of South South Chicago Avenue and the other at 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 9000 block of South Exchange Avenue. Both occurred about a mile apart in the South Chicago neighborhood in the South Chicago police district.
In the first incident, the victim was walking through Bessemer Park when she was approached by Hinton and two others, Asst. State's Atty. Bridget O’Brien said in court today; one of those two was a family member of Hinton. Hinton pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. After she gave them $20, the victim was forced to perform oral sex on the three; the three then separately raped her at gunpoint and fled the scene, O'Brien said.
In the second instance, according to O'Brien, the victim was walking home when Hinton and two others – all three wearing ski masks – pointed a gun (which was later determined to be a toy) at her and demanded money. After pushing her into a vacant lot and taking money from her purse, one individual grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to a nearby school playground, where she was forced to perform oral sex and one of the three raped her, O'Brien said.
The victim then broke away from the three and ran to a nearby restaurant, where she called police, O'Brien said. A police officer later noticed Hinton and the juvenile, a family member of Hinton, walking together on the street and they were arrested. Hinton's voice was later recognized by the victim in a lineup, O'Brien said.
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