6-time felon followed, sexually assaulted 16-year-old in Far South Side alley: prosecutors

Anthony Hampton (Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has detained a six-time convicted felon after prosecutors said he followed and raped a 16-year-old girl in a Far South Side alley.

The allegations against Anthony Hampton are “so brazen and shows such a lack of self-control that he is unlikely to comply” with any conditions of release, Judge Ankur Srivastava wrote in his detention order.

Prosecutors told Srivastava that Hampton, 44, followed the girl in the neighborhood twice before the September 28, 2023, attack. In one case, police identified the license plate of the black sedan that followed the girl. Chicago police officers found that plate near Hampton when they arrested him last week, according to officials.

On the evening of the attack, the girl was walking home from a gas station around 6:15 p.m. when Hampton grabbed her from behind and pulled her behind a trash can in an alley in the 10100 block of South Green, prosecutors said in a detention petition.

He forced the girl against the trash can, pulled her clothing down, and sexually assaulted her, the petition said. The girl reported the attack to a friend and went to a hospital for treatment and DNA collection.

Officials said testing of the collected material returned a match with Hampton’s DNA. The victim subsequently identified him in a photo lineup.

Srivastava noted that Hampton’s six felony convictions include two gun cases and sentences of up to nine years.

Prosecutors charged Hampton with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping causing bodily harm, and unlawful restraint.

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