Charges filed in Avondale home invasion, sexual assault

Charges have been filed in connection with a home invasion last month in which an Avondale woman awoke to find a man lying on top of her in bed. The accused man is on probation for burglary for another case in which he allegedly broke into another woman’s apartment and tried to have sex with her, according to court records.

Joven Cuyugan | CPD

Investigators tracked down 36-year-old Joven Cuyugan through DNA recovered from a baseball hat that was left at the scene of the March incident, according to prosecutors.

Cuyugan entered the victim’s bedroom on the 3000 block of North Spaulding around 1 a.m. on March 2 and crawled on top of her as she slept, police said. He groped the woman through her bedding and covered her mouth when she screamed for help, prosecutors alleged this week. Then, he fled.

But police found a Chicago Cubs hat that the intruder left in the woman’s apartment. A DNA sample taken from the hat allegedly matches Cuyugan, who also lives in Avondale. Cuyugan’s DNA was entered into law enforcement databases during a previous case.

Prosecutors charged Cuyugan this week with felony home invasion involving a sex offense, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Judge Arthur Willis set bail at $1 million.

Cuyugan is on probation for another case in which he pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of methamphetamine, according to court records. He was originally charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault in the previous case because he asked the female victim to have sex with him while he was in her apartment, according to records. The sexual assault charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

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