Parolee robbed, stabbed, and sexually assaulted man inside Lakeview apartment: prosecutors

Diricky Graves (Chicago Police Department, Multiplottr)

CHICAGO — Last May, just two months after he got out of prison for three violent crimes, prosecutors charged Diricky Graves with stabbing a man seven times during a robbery on the Orange Line. 

That case is still pending, but prosecutors now say Graves committed a horrific crime one month earlier by sexually assaulting, robbing, and repeatedly stabbing a man in the victim’s Lakeview apartment.

The attack occurred just after 1 a.m. on April 17, 2023, in the victim’s high-rise unit on the 2900 block of North Sheridan, officials said.

Prosecutors did not say why Graves went to the 31-year-old’s home. The attack began with Graves strangling and punching the victim throughout the body. He then sexually assaulted the man, prosecutors said.

When he was done, Graves retrieved a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times in the neck and body, demanding his wallet, according to the petition. A surveillance video allegedly showed him leaving with the man’s phone, iPad, and gaming system.

The victim, who suffered a collapsed lung and other injuries, was finally able to call for help nearly seven hours after the attack began.

A grand jury recently returned a true bill charging Graves with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, four counts of aggravated battery, and robbery.

Judge Jennifer Coleman ordered Graves to remain in jail on the charges. He was already detained in the robbery case filed against him last year.

Orange Line attack

On May 3, 2023, Graves was on pretrial release for misdemeanor trespassing to a vehicle when he boarded a Midway-bound Orange Line train around 4:30 a.m.

Prosecutors said that as the train neared Western Avenue, Graves pinned a 40-year-old man against the train wall, held a knife to the man’s neck with one hand, and placed his other hand over the victim’s mouth so he could not scream.

Graves demanded the man’s wallet, but the victim couldn’t move or reach it because his arms were pinned. And the victim couldn’t tell Graves that because Graves had his hand over his mouth, according to prosecutors.

Believing that the man was not following orders, Graves allegedly began stabbing the victim in the side of the neck and upper chest. He then backed off, allowing the victim to surrender his wallet and phone, prosecutors said.

Graves threatened to kill the victim if he followed him off the train, then stabbed him one more time in the neck and exited at Western, according to the authorities. CTA surveillance video supported the victim’s version of events.

The victim received seven stab wounds, four to the neck and three to the chest, one of which punctured his left lung.

When police arrested Graves at the Pulaski Blue Line station two days later, they allegedly found the robbery victim’s Ventra card and a knife inside his backpack.

He is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, and aggravated battery in that case.

According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, Graves was sent to prison in December 2010 for an eight-year robbery sentence. That case also involved Graves attacking and robbing a CTA passenger.

Graves picked up three more felony convictions while he was in prison: one for possessing a weapon in a penal institution and two for aggravated battery of peace officers, IDOC records show.

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