Surveillance photos of a male police say is suspected in the robbery and sexual assault of a woman aboard a Blue Line train Monday, April 20, 2015. (Chicago Police Department)
A woman who boarded a CTA train in Oak Park on Monday afternoon was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by a 15-year-old boy, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.
The entire incident on the eastbound Blue Line train was captured on CTA video that clearly showed middle school student DeShawn Isabelle’s face, prosecutors said.
Isabelle’s mother recognized him from surveillance photos released publicly by the CTA after the attack, confronted her son and then took him to authorities Wednesday morning, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Joe DiBella.
The woman, 41, suffered a concussion and cuts and bruises all over her body as Isabelle repeatedly struck her in an otherwise empty “L” car, DiBella said. He also stole $2,000 in cash she planned to wire back to her family in Southeast Asia, he said.
Isabelle, who was charged as an adult, used the money to buy clothes and junk food and pay for graduation expenses, DiBella said.
Judge James Brown ordered him held on $1 million bail on felony charges of aggravated sexual assault and robbery.
The woman boarded the train at the Oak Park station at 3:10 p.m. Monday, entering a car containing only Isabelle, who boarded the train in Forest Park, according to DiBella.
Isabelle walked up from behind the woman and began punching her in the head, DiBella said. He grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the floor, where she crouched in a fetal position in an effort to protect herself as Isabelle pummeled her with punches to her face and head, according to the prosecutor.
The teen groped the woman, sexually assaulted her and then sat on her head and continued beating her, he said.
When the train stopped at the next station, Isabelle held the woman down to keep her from getting up, DiBella said. No one boarded the car.
Isabelle continued to punch, kick and stomped on the woman as she lay face down, demanding money from her, DiBella said. He then took the $2,000 from her purse and stole her iPhone.
Once Isabelle exited the train at the Cicero stop, the woman pulled an emergency button on the train, DiBella said.
After his mother turned him in to authorities, Isabelle confessed to beating the woman, sexually assaulting and robbing her, DiBella said.
Police recovered the victim’s phone after Isabelle told them where he discarded it. A search of his home also found the jacket Isabelle was captured on video wearing at the time of the attack, DiBella said.
Following the bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Isabelle’s mother declined to comment but later began shouting at DiBella as he read the prosecution’s version of the case in front of TV news cameras.
Officers arrest a suspect in connection with the CTA Blue Line assault on Wednesday afternoon, April 22, 2015. (WGN TV)
“Don’t talk that (expletive) about my child,” she said, before being told to leave by a sheriff’s deputy. “Quit talking all of that (expletive) on the (expletive) news.”