Prosecutors: Rapist who followed woman from Belmont Red Line was supposed to be on electronic monitoring

Antoine Jackson | CPD

A man who followed a Lakeview woman from the Belmont Red Line station last weekend and then raped her in a nearby alley was supposed to be on electronic monitoring for a previous attack, prosecutors said.

But Antoine Jackson never arranged to have the monitoring bracelet attached and he remained on the loose in violation of the probation he received, Assistant State’s Attorney Hazel Gumbs said during a bond court hearing Saturday.

Instead of being home on electronic monitoring, Gumbs said, Jackson was at the Belmont Red Line station around 3:45 a.m. March 14 when a 29-year-old woman caught his eye.

Surveillance footage allegedly shows Jackson following the woman from the platform, onto Belmont Avenue, and then down the street as she walked home.

When they got to the 3200 block of North Kenmore, Jackson grabbed the victim’s arm from behind and indicated he had a gun, Gumbs said.

The woman tried to call 911, but Jackson allegedly grabbed her phone away and hit her in the face with it. Then, he forced her into an alley.

Gumbs said the victim pounded on a door to get help, but Jackson forced her down some stairs where he pulled down his pants and forced her to perform sex acts. Then, he raped her, she said.

When he was finished, Jackson allegedly kissed the woman and walked away.

The victim outcried in a phone call to her boyfriend as she walked home after the attack. He called police and officers took the woman to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment and to have a sexual assault kit completed.

Gumbs said the victim had abrasions on her knees and buttocks and other injuries indicative of sexual assault.

A Chicago police detective who’s had previous encounters with Jackson recognized him from surveillance images, Gumbs said. The victim allegedly identified him in a photo line-up on Wednesday and police arrested Jackson the next day.

When police took him into custody, he was wearing the same shoes and distinctive pants that he was seen wearing in surveillance videos leading up to the attack, according to Gumbs.

Chicago police arrest Antoine Jackson on Thursday, March 25, 2021. | CPD

He told police he saw the woman while getting off the train and raped her because he was high, Gumbs said. Jackson allegedly admitted that the woman didn’t want to have sex with him. Police took a DNA sample from Jackson for testing.

Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood said Jackson lives with his fiancee, who is pregnant with his third child.

Prosecutors charged Jackson with two counts of aggravated sexual assault with a weapon, felony aggravated robbery, and felony kidnapping.

“This is a shocking crime,” Judge Arthur Willis said before ordering Jackson held without bail.

Last October, Cook County Judge Neera Walsh gave Jackson two-year’s mental health probation after he reached a plea deal with prosecutors in another Red Line attack.

On January 2, 2020, Jackson allegedly began exposing himself to a 24-year-old woman as they traveled on a Red Line near Morse around 9:57 a.m. The woman moved to a different car to get away, but he followed her, struck her several times, robbed her, touched her inappropriately, and then forced her to perform a sex act against her will, investigators said.

Police released CTA surveillance images of that attack and then arrested Jackson a couple of weeks later. Prosecutors charged him with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse, felony robbery, and felony aggravated battery in a public place.

A grand jury later returned an 18 felony count true bill against Jackson.

Five months ago, prosecutors agreed to drop all of them except one robbery charge in a plea deal that gave Jackson probation. But Jackson didn’t even bother to have a court-ordered electronic monitoring band installed after he was sentenced. And authorities never took him into custody for failing to comply.

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