3 CPS students accused of robbing, raping girl, 16, on South Side
By FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter July 5, 2014 6:02PM
Updated: August 7, 2014 6:53AM
Three Chicago Public Schools students have been charged with robbing and raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint after she got off a CTA bus on the South Side.
The students — who attend Chicago Vocational Career Academy — were ordered held without bail Saturday.
Antwan Brown, 16, and Jeremiah Seymour and Kieran Smith, both 15, are charged as adults with aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated robbery in the 11 p.m. Thursday attack in the 8100 block of South Harper in Avalon Park.
Wearing navy blue, jail-issued sweat clothes, they appeared Saturday before Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, who denied them bail, saying, “Not only is this victim — but this community at large — is in grave danger.”
All three defendants admitted the allegations against them, according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Mary Hain, who said the police recovered a Motorola cell phone and $100 the three teenagers are suspected of stealing from the victim.
The victim was approached by the defendants, who she didn’t know, when she got off a Chicago Transit Authority bus, Hain said.
According to the prosecutor, Seymour pointed a gun at the girl’s face, and Brown put a gun to the back of her head. At least one of the weapons was a BB gun, according to court records.
The girl was robbed and forced into an alley, where her attackers took turns raping her, Hain said.
Afterward, the girl ran for help, and her three attackers ran off but were quickly arrested. A Chicago Fire Department ambulance took the girl to Jackson Park Hospital, where she was treated, records show.
Police picked up Seymour at his grandmother’s home. The officers recovered the stolen cell phone and cash from him, Hain said.
Seymour’s juvenile record includes an arrest for theft, but the other defendants don’t have rap sheets, Hain said.
Smith and Brown are “A and B students,” and Seymour is “an average student,” according to their court-appointed attorney.