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Sex Offender Followed Woman Home From Red Line Stop, Raped Her: Prosecutors

By Erica Demarest | March 25, 2015 11:05am
 Latayuss Curry, 21, was charged with sexual assault, home invasion and kidnapping.
Latayuss Curry, 21, was charged with sexual assault, home invasion and kidnapping.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A convicted sex offender bound, gagged and raped a woman Sunday night after he forced his way into a Chinatown home, prosecutors said.

Latayuss Curry, 21, had followed the 19-year-old victim from the Chinatown Red Line stop to her boyfriend's house near Stewart and Archer avenues, according to Assistant State's Attorney Barry Quinn.

In a bond hearing Wednesday, prosecutors alleged Curry pulled a knife on the woman, cut off her clothing, bound her wrists, stuffed a sock in her mouth and raped her. After the attack, prosecutors said, Curry dragged the woman into a shower to wipe away evidence.

"You pose a danger to everyone," Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois said Wednesday. "No bail."

Curry was convicted in 2012 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint. He was credited with serving 18 months after his initial April 2011 arrest, and was sentenced to two years probation. Quinn said Curry is required to register as a sex offender.

Sunday's attack happened about 10:15 p.m., police said.

The victim had noticed a man in a black hoodie walking a few yards behind her as she headed to her boyfriend's house in the 2200 block of South Stewart Avenue, Quinn said.

After the woman unlocked the front door and stepped inside, Curry pushed his way into the foyer, according to police and prosecutors. The woman screamed, Quinn said, until Curry pulled a knife.

Curry then walked the woman to a third-floor bedroom, where he tied her wrists behind her back and cut off her clothing with the knife, Quinn said. Curry allegedly raped the woman before dragging her to a shower to wash away evidence.

Police said Curry wore a black mask, which he never took off.

One other person was home when the attack started, according to prosecutors. The man, who'd been in the basement, heard the victim scream "followed by a deep, low, male voice indicating 'shhh,'" Quinn said.

The man waited a few minutes, grabbed a kitchen knife and went to the bedroom door, where he heard a woman's muffled screams, prosecutors said. He then called 911.

When police arrived, they saw Curry walking out of a bathroom, according to an arrest report. He tried unsuccessfully to barricade himself inside, and police recovered a knife, gloves, mask, cord and a man's belt.

Quinn said the woman, who was "visibly shaken" and wrapped in a towel, told the officers Curry had raped her. She was taken to Mercy Hospital, where a rape kit was administered.

Curry, of suburban Forest Park, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon, home invasion, two counts of kidnapping and four counts of resisting arrest.

Curry will next appear in court on April 13.

Contributing: Josh McGhee

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