A man who allegedly followed a woman into her Lakeview apartment building and battered her last week — and was released on a recognizance bond four hours later — was charged Tuesday with attacking and robbing another woman he followed into a different Lakeview apartment building four days later.
Around 10:15 last Wednesday morning, a man followed a 31-year-old woman into her building on the 600 block of West Stratford and began striking her in the body, Officer Anthony Spicuzza said.
Police searched the area and found Deangelo Coleman, 25, on the 2800 block of North Broadway wearing distinctive clothing that the woman allegedly described. Cops arrested him after the woman confirmed that he was the man who jumped her.
He was charged with misdemeanor battery and walked out of the 19th District police station four hours later on a signature bond.
Then, Sunday afternoon, a 24-year-old woman walked into her apartment building on the 400 block of West Aldine and noticed that a man followed her inside. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste, the doors were propped open by another tenant who was moving.
The man followed her onto the elevator, said he was going to the third floor, and then lunged at her when the doors closed, according to Auguste. He demanded the woman’s purse, and she gave him her phone, watch, and bag.
Auguste said the man followed the woman off the elevator on the fifth floor and told her he would hurt her if she screamed. The woman ran down a stairwell and out the front door where she told bystanders what happened, Auguste said. When Coleman walked out of the building, the woman told the bystanders that he was the man who attacked her, Auguste said.
Police came to the woman’s home, and one of her friends tracked her phone to the Addison Red Line station. Cops went there and found Coleman on the platform. According to Auguste, he had the woman’s phone, watch, ID, and two credit cards bearing the woman’s name in his pants.
Video from the woman’s building lobby shows Coleman following her in and fleeing a few minutes later, Auguste said. He is charged with felony robbery.
Coleman’s public defender said he lives with his mother and takes medications for mental health conditions.
Judge David Navarro set his bail at $250,000. Coleman will need to post 10% of that amount to get out of jail before trial.
Coleman has been the subject of CWBChicago reporting before.
In 2016, he was charged with stealing a 22-year-old woman’s cellphone at the Belmont Red Line station. He pleaded guilty to theft in that case.
In September 2015, a Schaumburg man walked into the nearby 19th district police station to report that someone had just snatched a tablet from his hand and the offender may have run into a nearby church.
Officers found Coleman sitting on the steps of the church with the victim’s tablet in his hand, according to a police report. Police say Coleman claimed to have found the tablet lying in the grass after someone named “Maleek” stole it.
Coleman was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property, but the charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.