A Lakeview man who was accused of beating, robbing, and trying to sexually assault a woman inside a lakefront apartment building has been found not guilty by reason of insanity, according to court records.
Alberto Feliciano was charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted criminal sexual assault, and robbery in connection with the incident, which occurred inside a building in the 3400 block of North Lake Shore Drive around 11 a.m. on September 7, 2019.
Prosecutors said the victim told police she was walking down the hallway on her floor when Feliciano blocked her path and struck her in the head with a heavy recycling bin. He allegedly pulled the woman backward toward a stairwell as she tried to fight her way free. Police said Feliciano, 44, continued the attack until witnesses intervened and the woman escaped.
Feliciano took the woman’s purse and phone, then fled to the building lobby, where arriving police officers detained him on suspicion that he was involved in the incident, officials said. The victim subsequently identified him as the attacker, and police took Feliciano into custody.
In March, private defense attorney Richard Fenbert argued that some of the charges against Feliciano should have been dropped because, while he was accused of exposing his genitals, his actions did not amount to attempted sexual assault. The motion was denied by Judge Peggy Chiampas.
She found Feliciano not guilty by reason of insanity on Wednesday and asked experts to recommend whether he should receive inpatient or outpatient treatment., according to court records.
He is due back in court next month. Until then, he is in home confinement with electronic monitoring.