Prosecutors: Near North Side man entered apartment, spooned and fondled 2 women

Ian Edgerle | CPD

A Near North Side man entered another unit in his high-rise apartment to fondle and spoon two women earlier this month, according to prosecutors.

Ian Edgerle, 28, is charged with home invasion involving a sex offense. During a bond hearing on Saturday, Judge John Lyke said he could go home on electronic monitoring by posting a $1,000 deposit.

The alleged victims, women ages 23 and 25, were visiting Chicago for Easter weekend and stayed with relatives in the same building where Edgerle lives in the 1100 block of North Wells, Assistant State’s Attorney Calvin Astrella said.

Both women went out for dinner and drinks in Old Town with their hosts on the evening before Easter. Around 3 a.m., one of the alleged victims and one of their hosts had to ask a front desk attendant to let them into their unit because they didn’t have keys.

Edgerle saw and overheard their conversation with the desk worker and then made his way to the women’s floor via the stairs, Astrella said. He was allegedly able to enter the women’s apartment because the door was not closed properly.

When he entered, the 25-year-old woman was sleeping on an air mattress in the living room, and the 23-year-old was asleep on a nearby couch, Astrella said.

Edgerle got on the air mattress and began spooning and groping the woman, according to Astrella. The woman repeatedly asked Edgerle to stop, but he declined and told her to turn around so he could see her face as he kissed her, Astrella said.

At one point, Edgerle allegedly told the woman that his name is Ian and the floor he lives on.

Edgerle then moved to the couch where he spooned with the other woman and touched her leg, Astrella said. The first victim told him to leave her alone, and he returned to the air mattress and continued touching her, according to Astrella.

When Edgerle left around 6 a.m., the first victim told her hosts about what happened, and they called police. Astrella said no one in the apartment knew Edgerle or saw him while they were out earlier in the evening.

Police asked building managers if anyone named Ian lives in the building, and they directed him to Edgerle, Astrella said. Police created a photo line-up that included Edgerle’s picture, but the woman who was on the air mattress did not pick him out of the line-up, according to Astrella.

Edgerle “made admissions” during an interview with police, Astrella said.

In 2016, Edgerle was arrested in Michigan after he went into a house and got into bed with a woman and rubbed her back and arm, according to Astrella. That woman allegedly said she had never seen him before. The case resulted in deferred prosecution, Astrella said.

Edgerle’s defense attorney said he has lived in the building with a roommate for seven months and has no criminal convictions.

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