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Man accused of raping woman, leaving companion unconscious in alley

Stephane Edouard

Stephane Edouard

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Updated: May 21, 2014 3:09PM



A convicted felon raped a woman and left her companion unconscious in an alley after giving the pair drugs outside an Edgewater comedy club, Cook County prosecutors said.

The pair, who had attended a comedy show and afterparty, left the gathering at Thorndale and Broadway with Stephane Edouard Friday night, Assistant State’s Attorney Claire Savaglio said.

Once at Edouard’s car, Edouard prepared a line of white powdery substance using a newspaper, Savaglio said.

The man and woman, thinking the substance was cocaine, snorted the drug with a dollar bill and ended up unconscious in Edouard’s vehicle, Savaglio said.

When the woman, 28, woke up, she allegedly found Edouard on top of her.

She couldn’t move, Savaglio said.

Edouard ended up driving the woman to her apartment, where her roommate had to help her inside because she could hardly stand or move on her own, Savaglio said.

The woman was eventually taken to the hospital, where a toxicology test revealed she had opiates in her system — not cocaine, Savaglio said.

Meanwhile, the male victim awoke in a hospital emergency room after members of the Chicago Fire Department found him in an alley unconscious and barely breathing, Savaglio said.

He suffered a heroin overdose, hypothermia, abnormal breathing and pneumonia from choking on his own vomit, Savaglio said.

Both of Edouard’s alleged victims were missing their iPhones and cash, Savaglio said.

Edouard, of the 1300 block of West Thorndale, was allegedly identified by the victims in a lineup.

Edouard was arrested Tuesday after police saw him run out of his house and into an alley before jumping into his 1998 Mercedes, according to a police report.

Judge James Brown ordered Edouard, 35, held in lieu of $750,000 bail for aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery Wednesday.

Edouard has two previous drug convictions.

He teaches children chess, according to an assistant public defender.

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