A parolee with a historical past of housebreaking convictions allegedly raped a lady at knifepoint after which beat and choked her after breaking into the Humboldt Park condominium she had been house-sitting for a good friend.
Dequan Mayfield was staying at a good friend’s condominium beneath the unit the 23-year-old lady was watching when he broke in by pushing an air conditioner out of a window on July 12, Assistant Prepare dinner County State’s Legal professional James Murphy mentioned.
Mayfield, who entered the girl’s bed room whereas she was watching tv at 4 a.m., was carrying a ski masks and had socks over his arms whereas holding what seemed to be a switchblade knife, Murphy mentioned.
“I’m not a pervert, I’m simply right here to take stuff. I’ve been doing this for years. That is how I generate income,” Murphy mentioned Mayfield informed the girl earlier than forcing her to stroll across the condominium with him so he might choose objects to steal.
Mayfield, 26, then put a condom on and went on to sexually assault the girl a number of occasions, Murphy mentioned. Afterward, he allegedly made the girl take a bathe and poured bleach over her physique. When Mayfield ordered the girl to drink bleach whereas he held a big kitchen knife, she was capable of run to the bed room and pepper spray him, Murphy mentioned.
Throughout an ensuing battle, Mayfield’s masks got here off and the girl noticed his face, Murphy mentioned. Mayfield then allegedly beat and choked the girl earlier than wrapping an extension wire round her neck till she went limp.
“I don’t care if you’re faking, I’m going to burn your physique and also you’re going to die,” Murphy mentioned Mayfield informed the girl.
When Mayfield went to the again of the condominium, the girl escaped out the entrance door and drove herself to a hospital.
When police realized Mayfield had been staying downstairs and had a historical past of convictions for housebreaking and sexual assault they positioned his image in a photograph array. The lady recognized Mayfield as her attacker within the photograph array and a subsequent line-up, Murphy mentioned.
Surveillance cameras confirmed Mayfield getting into the condominium constructing about an hour earlier than the crime and cellphone data positioned him within the space on the time, Murphy mentioned.
Murphy didn’t say the place the alleged assault occurred, however police data listed the tackle round California Avenue and Division Avenue.
Mayfield was sentenced to probation for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old lady whereas she was intoxicated and unconscious when he was 16, prosecutors mentioned. He has 5 housebreaking convictions and was launched on parole in January for a housebreaking, state data present.
Mayfield has been identified with melancholy and schizophrenia, his lawyer mentioned. He had been working as a safety guard and graduated from Columbia Faculty with a bachelor’s diploma in artwork and trend, the protection lawyer added.
Decide Arthur Wesley Willis ordered Mayfield held with out bail on tried homicide and aggravated legal sexual assault expenses.
Mayfield is anticipated again in court docket Aug. 30.