|Stephane Edouard used a taxi cab to pick up many of his alleged victims, police said.|
Stephane Edouard, a suspected serial rapist who in February received a 41-year sentence for drugging a couple and raping one of them, has been handed an additional five years in prison for attacking his own girlfriend while free on bail.
Not long after Edouard was charged with the rape and drugging of his May 2014 victims, his girlfriend put down tens of thousands of dollars as a bail deposit, allowing him to sit at home instead of being in Cook County Jail.
While on electronic monitoring in June 2016, Edouard allegedly battered, choked, and raped the woman in an Evanston apartment that they shared. The 50-year-old victim was found on the street calling for help, police said. She reported that “she’d been held captive overnight” by Edouard as he battered and sexually assaulted her.
Edouard was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, domestic battery, unlawful restraint, and a list of other charges.
Now, Edouard has pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated domestic battery – strangulation in a plea deal approved by Judge Lauren Edidin. His five-year sentence will be served consecutively with the 41-year term. Fifteen other felonies, including twelve counts of criminal sexual assault, were dropped in the deal. He is currently scheduled to be paroled on March 11, 2044.
|Taisean Harris (inset) performed as a bucket boy in the Loop. | Chicago Police Dept; Loop North|
• A downtown “bucket boy” accused of robbing a man while on probation for an earlier mugging has been sent to prison. Taisean Harris, 19, received a three-year sentence from Judge Kenneth Wadas in exchange for his guilty plea. Harris’ parole date is set for July 19, 2019.
Harris pushed a man and took his phone on the corner of State and Adams around 3:15 p.m. on January 20, police said. Cops who saw the incident unfold took Harris into custody minutes later on the subway platform at 230 South State.
Court records show that Harris pleaded guilty in August 2016 to robbing a woman of her phone as they rode a CTA bus in the New City neighborhood on May 31, 2016. Wadas oversaw that case, too, and gave Harris two-years probation while ordering him to get his GED or a high school diploma. Needless to say, Harris failed to take advantage of Wadas’ gift.
|Deandre Williams (inset) was arrested after he ran into the traffic lanes of Lake Shore Drive. | Google; CPD|
• A 24-year-old man who beat a 48-year-old woman and fractured her son’s head during a robbery in the Gold Coast last May has received a pair of nine-year sentences to be served concurrently.
Deandre Williams was on parole for a 2012 robbery when he and other offenders punched and kicked the woman to the ground in the 1500 block of North Dearborn and then took her purse. The woman’s 25-year-old son was also knocked to the ground, cracking his skull. The man was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Cops arrested Williams minutes later as he ran in the traffic lanes of Lake Shore Drive near North Avenue.
Judge Earl Hoffenberg approved the plea agreement which has Williams scheduled for parole on November 17, 2021.
• An Uptown man who was snagged in a months-long narcotics sweep of Uptown last September has received a trio of three-year sentences to be served concurrently. Jermaine Crump, 22, was charged with four counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a school, park, or public housing. He was on parole for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon at the time of his arrest. Less credit for time served while awaiting trial, Crump’s parole date is set for February 26.
• 18-year-old Tyrese Nichols of the 4600 block of North Sheridan was caught in the same Uptown narcotics sweep as Crump. Charged with five counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a school, park, or public housing, Nichols reached a plea deal that has him serving a four-year term concurrently with a three-year sentence. He is scheduled to be paroled on August 27, 2019.