Bond was set at $2 million for Deontae Latham on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion and armed robbery with a firearm stemming from the Jan. 9 attack in the 1400 block of South Clark Street.
As the victim was forced into her garage, she activated the home’s alarm from her car key ring, prompting her husband to investigate, Assistant State’s Attorney Joell Zahr said. But the husband ran back inside on spotting Latham standing in the garage with a gun. At about the same time, the victim was able to run down the street and hide behind a dumpster, Zahr said.
Both the woman and her husband called police.
The victims’ two teenage children were also at home at the time of the assault but were not harmed, according to Zahr.
Latham had fled by the time police arrived, but a cell phone found inside the woman’s car was linked to a previous home invasion in Rockford, Zahr said. Police later matched Latham to DNA in connection with the sexual assault, she said.
A week after the assault, Latham was arrested on an unrelated weapons charge, Zahr said. He pleaded guilty in that case and received 18 months probation. He also has convictions for drug possession, domestic battery and aggravated robbery, according to the prosecutor.