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No Bail For Suspect In Rape At UIC Dorm

Tavares Humphries (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Tavares Humphries (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A convicted sex offender was ordered held without bond Wednesday, accused of raping a University of Illinois at Chicago student in a dormitory room shower on the Near West Side campus earlier this week.

Tavares Humphries got into the Commons South residence hall by following a student inside, then burglarized a co-eds’ dorm room before attacking the 18-year-old woman Monday morning, Cook County prosecutors said.

The woman, who was taking a shower, pulled back her shower curtain to see a naked Humphries asking for soap, Assistant State’s Attorney Pierina Infelise said.

The student yelled at Humphries, 28, and told him to leave but he kept asking for soap, Infelise said. Humphries continued to take a shower in the stall directly across from the woman before entering her shower, Infelise said.

The woman ordered Humphries to leave and he allegedly complied but stayed in the bathroom. Moments later, he lunged at the woman and choked her, rendering her unconscious, Infelise said.

When the woman woke up, she was in a different stall, and Humphries was sexually assaulting her, Infelise said. The student screamed but Humphries allegedly slapped her and told her to “shut up.”

Humphries wrapped his hands around the woman’s neck and again rendered her unconscious, Infelise said.

Two students heard the woman’s screams and one detained Humphries until police arrived at the dorm, in the 700 block of South Halsted Street, Infelise said.

The victim suffered multiple abrasions to her face, shoulder and back, swelling to her knee and lacerations to her genitals, Infelise said.

She and a witness who heard her screams identified Humphries in a line-up, prosecutors said.

When Humphries was being questioned by UIC police, he lunged at a detective, Infelise said. He also allegedly squeezed the officer’s groin when the officer tried to place handcuffs on him.

Humphries, of the 3300 block of West Lexington Street, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, battery of a peace officer and residential burglary.

He had to register as a sex offender after he was deemed delinquent for an aggravated criminal sexual assault in 2001. His rap sheet includes four felony convictions on drug charges and failing to register as a sex offender.

He will next appear in court for a preliminary hearing April 21, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

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