Man forced his way into Streeterville hotel room, attacked stranger inside: prosecutors

A Chicago man was held without bail on Wednesday after prosecutors accused him of forcing his way into a Streeterville hotel room, attacking two men, and making statements about a “rape fantasy.”

Pasquinel Taylor, 43, was already on a recognizance bond for misdemeanor criminal trespass to a residence after allegedly being found sleeping in a stranger’s Boystown home without permission on October 28.

Two brothers and a woman were sharing a room at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 East North Water Street, when one of the men heard a knock on the door and a male voice around check-out time on Tuesday, officials said. Thinking that his brother was knocking, the man opened the door. But it wasn’t his brother who was knocking.

Pasquinel Taylor | CPD; Google

It was Taylor, who asked to come inside for a drink of water, then touched the man’s chest and offered to perform oral sex on the victim, prosecutor Sarah Dale-Schmidt said.

The man declined and tried to close the door, but Taylor allegedly forced his way into the room as the victim called his brother on the phone for help. 

Taylor pushed the man onto the bed, held his wrists, stood over him, and punched him in the face and body, Dale-Schmidt said. The victim fought back and slipped away to allow his brother into the room.

A brawl broke out. Taylor hit the first man in the face with a glass, and the second brother hit Taylor with a bottle. The first brother managed to restrain Taylor while the other brother and one of their girlfriends went to get hotel security, Dale-Schmidt said. She said neither the brothers nor the girlfriend had seen Taylor before.

Later, with the security officers looking on, Taylor “made a statement about a rape fantasy,” Dale-Schmidt said. Chicago police took him into custody.

The brother who answered the door suffered cuts to his hands and body and received stitches for a cut on his nose. The other brother had cuts, red marks, and bruising, according to Dale-Schmidt.

Dale-Schmidt said Taylor has several felony convictions, including forgery in 2000, manufacture-delivery of methamphetamine in 2017, possession of methamphetamine last year, and unspecified charges in California. He also received a four-year federal prison sentence for manufacturing and passing fraudulent checks in 2006.

His public defender described the victims’ injuries as “relatively minor.” The lawyer also told Judge Kelly McCarthy that Taylor “had plans to start in the general labor division of the CTA on Monday.”

Taylor is charged with home invasion, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and misdemeanor counts of battery and criminal trespassing.

Aside from holding Taylor without bail on the new charges, McCarthy set bail in his pending misdemeanor case at $30,000.

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