Prosecutors say a man invaded an East Peoria woman’s home, sexually assaulted her with the threat of a knife and robbed her early Wednesday.
Dangelo Woolfolk, 22, could be imprisoned for life if he’s convicted of the four Class X and other charges filed against him Friday. He was ordered held on $1 million bond.
The 60-year-old woman suffered an injury to her forehead when she struggled with Woolfolk but otherwise escaped harm, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Police arrested Woolfolk, also of East Peoria, as he walked in the 800 block of East Camp Street shortly after his alleged crimes. “I plea, man,” he said when police questioned him, the affidavit stated.
He was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, including to a victim aged 60 or older, as well as home invasion and aggravated robbery. The crimes carry a total sentence range of 22 to 120 years in prison, of which he’d serve at least 85 percent.
The woman told police she was in bed when she awoke at 12:30 a.m. to see a “shadow” standing at the bedroom door. It was a man wearing a sweatshirt with its hood “closed over his face,” gloves and sweatpants, she said.
When she reached for her cellphone to turn on its flashlight, the man, later identified as Woolfolk, took the phone and pushed her across the bed, causing her to strike her forehead on a desk, she said.
He told her he had a knife and would stab her if she moved, then asked about her laptop computer. The woman gave her password to the device, and after several minutes he had her sit up, keeping her head pointed to the floor, the affidavit stated.
Woolfolk then forced her to perform oral sex for a brief time. He left with her cellphone, computer and money from her purse, she said.
She called the police, an officer arrived and was taking her to a Peoria hospital when the two spotted Woolfolk, whom the woman identified as her assailant, walking on Camp not far from the woman’s home. Other officers were notified, stopped Woolfolk and found a knife and the woman’s cellphone in his pockets, the affidavit stated.
Woolfolk said he had just been visiting his girlfriend who also lived nearby. At her house, they found a backpack containing the laptop, the affidavit stated.
Woolfolk, whose assigned public defender said had no prior record of violence, is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges Feb. 8.
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