CHICAGO (CBS) — A man charged in a string of sexual assaults in Park Forest and Richton Park from March through June also has been named as the prime suspect in at least three other attacks.
Monroe Akins, of Steger, has been charged in connection with six groping cases between March 18 and June 22, on women ranging in age from 16 to 44.
Akins has been charged with a total of 10 felony counts; including aggravated battery, criminal sexual assault, and aggravated sex abuse.
He was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop, and victims in six attacks in Park Forest and Richton Park identified him as their attacker.
At a bond hearing over the weekend, Akins was ordered held on $750,000 bail. Cook County prosecutors said he approached victims, sometimes armed with a knife, as they walked to or from school or a Metra train station.
Two girls were attacked at or near Winnebago Park in Park Forest. Two other victims were attacked walking to or from the Richton Park Metra station.