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Man, teen charged with beating, sexually assaulting woman in her Park Forest home

James A. Romaine  |  Park Forest Police photo

James A. Romaine | Park Forest Police photo

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Updated: March 3, 2013 5:50PM



A man and teenage boy were charged Sunday with breaking into a Park Forest home and beating and sexually assaulting the homeowner last Thursday, Park Forest Police said.

James A. Romaine, 22, of Park Forest, and the 16-year-old boy broke into the empty home in the 300 block of Somonauk Street. When the homeowner returned, she was startled to find the two strangers, police said. The burglars, one armed with a gun, beat and sexually assaulted the woman and then forced her into her vehicle, police said. They then drove her vehicle around and eventually released her about two blocks from her home, police said.

Officers responded to the home about 10:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a dog running loose in the area. While they were investigating, the woman ran up to police and told them what had happened.

Police located Romaine and the teen Friday morning.

Both were charged Sunday with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and home invasion, police said.

They were expected to appear in bond court in Chicago on Monday, police said. The teen, also of Park Forest, was expected to be charged as an adult.

Romaine has previously been charged with disorderly conduct in an alleged fight outside Rich East High School in February 2012; criminal damage to property for allegedly damaging a neighbor’s bathroom in July 2012, and domestic battery for an alleged September 2012 incident in Matteson, according to police reports.



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