25 felony counts filed against man who held SWAT team at bay in Lincoln Park

Anthony Hatley | Chicago Police Dept

A grand jury has returned a long list of felony charges against Anthony Hatley, the man who allegedly put a knife to his girlfriend’s head and then held a SWAT team at bay in Lincoln Park last month.

Prosecutors initially charged Hatley only with failure to register as a sex offender. But a grand jury had some additional ideas. The panel has returned a true bill in which Hatley is charged with 25 felonies, including 22 Class X counts.

Police went to a home in the 2500 block of North Bosworth after neighbors reported hearing a woman scream for help around 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 29. Officers went to a third-floor apartment where they found Hatley naked with a knife held to his girlfriend’s head, according to a CPD report.

Patrol officers tried to defuse the situation, but decided to call in a SWAT team after Hatley allegedly rolled the knife on top of the woman’s head, causing her to bleed.

The SWAT standoff ended peacefully in the afternoon.

Police, media, and observers gather near the barricade scene. | @WDUGJessica

Two days before the stand-off, Hatley was arrested and released on a recognizance bond after he allegedly threatened people at a restaurant near Belmont and Sheffield with a knife, according to court records.

So, some eyebrows were raised when police announced one day after the SWAT situation that the 58-year-old had only been charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 

Now, court records show, a Cook County grand jury has thrown the book at Hatley. The panel’s true bill charges Hatley with 14 counts of Class X aggravated criminal sexual assault including counts involving weapons and threats to life. The new charges also include three Class X home invasion counts; four counts of Class X aggravated kidnapping while inflicting harm; Class X aggravated kidnapping while armed; and felony counts of aggravated battery by strangling, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated unlawful restraint.

Hatley is being held without bail under the name Anthony Stevenson at Cook County Jail.

State records show Hatley was 39-years-old when he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old in Cook County. He was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon in 2001, according to the state police.

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