21 years for Chicago man who sexually assaulted 2 women in a day

LaJuan Tucker and surveillance images of the suspect that were distributed by CPD. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — The man accused of sexually assaulting two women on the same day in Rogers Park was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Thursday. LaJuan Tucker, 42, also pleaded guilty to robbing a woman outside the Roosevelt CTA station, records show. For that, he received a four-year concurrent term.

On the morning of May 10, 2022, a North Side business owner and her family called 911 because a man followed her into her store, saying he wanted to do inappropriate things to her. The same man, the callers said, had been calling the woman’s business line with sexual messages.

It was Tucker. Police arrested him and charged him with two counts of lewd telephone harassment and criminal trespassing. He walked out of the Rogers Park (24th) District police station on a recognizance bond less than three hours later.

Just nine hours after he walked out of the station, Tucker tried to sexually assault a different woman in Rogers Park, officials said. Hours later, he successfully raped another.

“He was, for lack of a better term, out prowling to find women upon which to commit sexual acts,” Judge Susana Ortiz concluded when prosecutors first revealed the allegations in July 2022.

Prowling

At 12:13 a.m. on May 11, 2022, about nine hours after Tucker left the police station, a woman exited her vehicle on the 6800 block of North Wayne and began walking toward her apartment building. She noticed a man was following her, and she decided to confront him, officials said. The man, later identified as Tucker, assured her that he was not following her, but he then grabbed her breast, private area, and buttocks.

The woman, 28, ran to the door of her building and tried to get someone to buzz her into the building, but the man closed the door every time it opened.

“You should not be dressed that way if you don’t want this to happen,” Tucker allegedly told the woman.

“I just want some p***y,” Tucker continued.

Tucker grabbed the woman by her pants so forcefully that the garment ripped. He told her he lived nearby and he would pay her to come over for sex, prosecutors said. She swung at him and managed to get inside and call the police. Tucker walked away.

The Chicago Police Department recorded the incident as a “simple battery,” according to records.

Laundry room attack

The same day, at 4:45 p.m., a man with a broken right arm followed a resident into their apartment building on the 6900 block of North Greenview, just two blocks from the first attack. Prosecutors said it was Tucker. He walked around and made his way to the laundry room, where a 49-year-old woman was washing clothes.

Tucker initiated a conversation with the woman and, claiming to be the building’s new maintenance worker, invited her into the adjacent maintenance room. When she declined, Tucker smacked her on the butt and tried to reach up her romper, officials said. He dragged her into the maintenance room and shoved her to the floor, causing her to land on her arm and fracture her wrist.

The woman ran to the door and yelled for help, but no one responded. Tucker shoved her against a shelf and then onto a chair. Prosecutors said he made derogatory remarks and ordered her to perform a sex act.

Tucker pushed the woman away and fled when he heard a loud noise outside. The woman immediately ran out the fire exit to a neighboring building, where she pressed all the door panel buttons until someone let her in to call for help. EMS took her to a hospital to treat bruises across her body and the broken wrist.

CTA robbery

About a week later, police arrested Tucker in the Loop after a woman reported that a man wearing an arm sling took her phone outside the Roosevelt CTA station. Cops found Tucker nearby with the woman’s phone in his possession, prosecutors said. He was already on bail for the phone harassment case and an earlier shoplifting case.

Identified

On June 19, 2022, more than five weeks after the attacks, police released surveillance images of the man who raped the woman in the laundry room. The police officers who arrested Tucker for harassing the business owner immediately recognized him from the photographs, officials said.

The woman he tried to assault as she exited her car also saw the bulletin. She recognized the man as the same person who tried to sexually assault her, officials said.

Sentencing

On Thursday, Tucker pleaded guilty to three felonies: aggravated criminal sexual assault causing bodily harm, attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault causing bodily harm, and robbery, according to court records.

Judge Joanne Rosado sentenced him to 15 years and a consecutive six years for the sexual assault cases. She added a concurrent four years for the robbery. She also ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.

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