A man arrested last summer for sexual assault has been charged with the savage rape of a 15-year-old girl as she was on her way to school in Belmont Cragin, Chicago.
Luis Pantoja, 25, who goes by the name ‘silent’ was arrested Friday for the brutal attack on December 17 at the 2400 block of North Long Avenue. Police were able to match Pantoja’s DNA to a condom wrapper found near where the girl was attacked at around 5:25 am.
Pantoja was arrested at his home at the 5500 block of West Wrightwood Avenue and is being charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated criminal assault, aggravated battery, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He was held without bail, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Pantoja aka ‘Silent’ is hearing impaired and therefore needed a sign language interpreter for the hearing.
Police seized an Arminius blue-steel,seven-shot handgun from Pantoja’s home. However whether or not he had the gun during the attack is unclear, said Sally Daly, a spokesperson for the Cook’s County state attorney’s office.
The 15-year-old victim was discovered in a residents backyard at around 8 a.m. laying in a puddle of blood. She was shoeless and her pants had been forcibly removed.