Martise Earl Lowe, 21

Police and prosecutors say Martise Earl Lowe, 21, held a Roscoe Village woman against her will and stole from her after following her home from a North Side "L" stop on Thursday then returned to that same station to ask for directions, authorities said. (Chicago Police photograph / December 14, 2013)

A man who held a Roscoe Village woman against her will and stole from her after following her home from a North Side "L" stop on Thursday then returned to the same station to ask for directions, authorities said.

Officers found Martise Earl Lowe, 21, getting off the train at the Brown Line’s Western station late Thursday or early Friday, carrying an Apple laptop later identified as the victim’s, according to police reports.

Lowe trailed the woman from the Brown Line’s Paulina station to her home in the 1700 block of West Henderson Street. He then entered her house, grasped her throat and threw her to the floor, according to police and porsecutors. Lowe took an iPhone and computer from the home.

As police looked for the robber, an attendant at the Paulina station remembered a man matching the description who asked for directions to the Western stop. Police found Lowe getting off a train there, holding a computer. When they took him back to the crime scene, the victim identified Lowe as her attacker and the electronics he was carrying as her own. Police arrested him there about 12:15 a.m. Friday.

On Saturday, Cook County Circuit Judge Laura Marie Sullivan ordered Lowe held on $300,000 bail on charges of home invasion and aggravated kidnapping. Lowe, of the 3300 block of North Broadway, will be back in court Friday.

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