10-year sentence for man who robbed Lakeview woman after meeting her at Wicker Park bar

Carter Alexander | CPD

A man with a long, violent criminal history has been sentenced to 10-years in prison for robbing a Lakeview woman who invited him to her home after they met at a Wicker Park bar in April 2017. Prosecutors dropped sexual assault charges in the plea deal with 50-year-old Alexander Carter.

Carter was on parole after serving half of a 25-year sentence for armed robbery when he started trying to pick the victim up at Nick’s Beer Garden, 1516 North Milwaukee.

His advances didn’t get very far, and he eventually went to sit by himself while the woman played pool with her friend. Later, he followed the woman and her friend as they walked to a nearby fast food restaurant, prosecutors said. He stood outside with the victim and had a smoke while the woman’s friend went inside the Taco Bell.

Carter and the woman then shared a Lyft to her apartment in the 500 block of West Oakdale, where they smoked pot together. She asked him to leave around midnight, prosecutors alleged, but Carter would not go.

He then claimed to have a gun and raped the woman, prosecutors said. When he was done, he took her phone, computer, and credit cards and left. The woman called police.

Cops began tracking her stolen phone and located Carter in the 5500 block of South LaSalle about an hour after the alleged attack.

A grand jury approved two robbery charges and two counts of criminal sexual assault against Carter. Prosecutors dropped all but one count of aggravated robbery in the plea agreement. Judge Joseph Claps oversaw the case and handed down Carter’s 10-year sentence.

But Carter will receive a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and 1,423 days credit for time spent in jail before trial. He is scheduled to be released early on March 25 of next year.

Carter previously received a 25-year sentence for robbery in 2003. His other felony convictions include unlawful restraint, aggravated battery (twice), attempted robbery, narcotics (four times), and burglary.

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