Parolee tried to sexually assault woman inside Buddhist temple, prosecutors say

Chicago — A Chicago man on parole for sexually abusing an 86-year-old woman during a home invasion is now accused of trying to rape a woman inside a Buddhist temple in Ravenswood. Donqualle Glass, 27, was released from prison on July 13 after serving half of a seven-year sentence he received for committing a home invasion with a sex offense, according to state records.

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Glass entered Chùa Quang Minh Temple, 4429 North Damen, as a group session was about to begin. During Glass’ bail hearing on Thursday, prosecutor Anne McCord said he had never been there before and did not know anyone in the group.

Donqualle Glass | Cook County sheriff’s office; Google

Glass sat in a chair by the door after the group leader gave him some books for the meeting, and the victim arrived a few minutes later with other participants.

McCord stated that the woman decided to use the restroom prior to the start of the meeting. As the victim was finishing up, Glass entered the women’s room and pushed her stall door open.

The woman told police that Glass’s pants and underwear were down to his thighs, and he had an erection as he cornered her in the back of the restroom, McCord said. Other meeting participants rushed in after the woman screamed for help.

They found her on the floor with Glass “hovering over her,” said McCord. One of the witnesses ordered Glass to pull his pants up, and the group held him until the police arrived. The officers found a condom and a condom wrapper in Glass’ pocket.

McCord also provided details of the 2019 home invasion that is the basis for Glass’ parole. She said an 86-year-old woman saw Glass looking through her window as she watched TV, and she opened the door after he rang her doorbell. Glass forced his way into the home, grabbed the woman’s private parts through her clothing, and stole her car from the garage, McCord said. He was also convicted of a separate burglary that same year.

Glass, according to an assistant public defender, regularly attends church and most recently worked as a restaurant busser in Chinatown.

Judge Kelly McCarthy said Glass must post a $25,000 deposit toward bail to get out on electronic monitoring. However, before he can do that, the Illinois Department of Corrections will review his parole status.

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