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JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — Two men were in custody Saturday, after being arrested on charges of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Will County.

Albert West, 24, of Joliet, and Alan Wilburn, 19, of University Park, were arrested earlier this week and charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13.

They had been wanted on outstanding warrants, after Will County Sheriff’s investigators discovered that both men had sexually assaulted the girl.

Wilburn had been arrested earlier by Cook County Sheriff’s police on an outstanding warrant from Will County. West was arrested Tuesday, and now faces additional charges of obstructing a peace officer after leading police on a chase.

Officers came up to West at his home Tuesday. He was wearing shorts at the time, so officers went into his house with him and allowed him to put on shoes and a shirt, Kaupas said.

“He ran from the house out the front door,” Will County Sheriff’s police Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said. “The detectives gave chase and subdued him.”

In February, the father of the 11-year-old girl found the girl walking along Route 53, accompanied by an older male, Kaupas said. The father took his daughter to a hospital, where he learned that the girl had been sexually assaulted in the past, Kaupas said.

At that point, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services got involved in the case. The Will County sheriff’s office and DCFS officials investigated. Investigators determined that Wilburn and West had frequented the victim’s home, Kaupas said.

In July, a warrant was issued for West and Wilburn’s arrest, but authorities initially were unable to locate the two, Kaupas said.

After Cook County Sheriff’s police arrested Wilburn, he was transferred to the Will County Jail on Monday pursuant to the sexual assault warrant, Kaupas said.

Will County deputies then developed information on West that led them to his Joliet home this week, Kaupas said.

The Joliet Herald-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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