Weather Updates

16-year-old held without bail in Bucktown sexual assault

Updated: February 25, 2013 3:49PM

The 16-year-old boy who prosecutors said threatened a woman in her Bucktown home with a “long black metal paintball gun” before sexually assaulting her Sunday is being held without bail.

Marcos C. Cervantes, of the 5100 block of South Calumet, has been charged with home invasion, vehicular hijacking, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping, court records show.

His 43-year-old victim was assaulted at gunpoint around 12:45 p.m., police said, in the 2100 block of West Moffat.

Prosecutors said she was home alone when she heard her dogs barking at something in the backyard. They said she looked out the back door and saw Cervantes walking up her back stairs. She opened the door, they said, and asked Cervantes why he was there.

That’s when prosecutors said Cervantes pulled the paintball gun from his waist, pointed it at her and ordered her back inside the house and into her bedroom. They also said he picked up her cell phone from her bed and put it in his pocket. He ordered her to perform oral sex on him, prosecutors said, but she refused.

Cervantes next ordered his victim into an office room, started to take her laptop and ordered her to give him the password. When she failed to enter the correct password, prosecutors said, he became angry, pushed her to the floor and sexually assaulted her while pointing the paintball gun at her.

The gun is also described in court records as a “metal assault rifle replica.”

When the sexual assault was over, prosecutors said, the victim gave Cervantes money to get him to leave. He looked at other items in the house and didn’t take them, but he found the keys to her BMW.

Cervantes ordered the woman to take him to the garage where the car was parked and had her turn on the car. He made her get into the passenger seat and drove about three blocks from her house while she had a shirt over her head. Prosecutors said the victim could still see through the shirt, and she begged him to let her go.

Prosecutors said he eventually pulled over and let her out of the car. She ran to an occupied car nearby and called 911 while Cervantes drove away.

Cervantes drove the car to a friend’s house in the 2400 block of West Roosevelt, prosecutors said. A second cell phone belonging to the woman was in the car, they said, and Cervantes was showing them and the car to his friends when police said they tracked him there using one of the cell phones around 2:30 p.m. They said the paintball gun was found in the trunk.

The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, prosecutors said, where a rape kit was completed. She also positively identified Cervantes in a physical line-up.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.