STICKNEY MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Thursday, March 21, 2013
—A 20-year-old Stickney Township man has been charged with physically and sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman at his home, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
At 10:30 p.m. on March 15 in Tinley Park the suspect forced the victim, who he knew, to get into the car he was driving and took her to his home in Stickney Township. After parking the car near his home, he punched her in the head, bit her arm and jammed his thumb in her right eye socket.
He then took her cell phone and shoes and forced her to go inside the house, in the 7000 block of West 71st Street, where he continued to beat her, strangled her until she nearly passed out and forced her to perform sexual acts.
The suspect told her she had to stay with him until her bruises healed and the swelling went away.
She stayed at the home all day March 16 and March 17 for fear of her life. On March 18, she convinced the suspect to return her shoes and cell phone with the promise that she would not leave. When he left around 3 p.m. that day, she called a friend who picked her up. She was taken to Bridgeview where she reported the crimes.
The suspect, Giovanni Casterjon, was taken into custody March 19 during a traffic stop by the Chicago Police Department in the Austin District for driving the victim’s stolen vehicle and traffic offenses. He was later turned over to the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department.
Casterjon was charged on March 20 with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated domestic battery, both felonies. He appeared in Bond Court at the Bridgeview Courthouse this morning where his bond was set $500,000.
His next court date is scheduled for April 15 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.