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Glen Park teen charged in sex attacks

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Devonta Brewington

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Updated: June 30, 2014 12:26PM



GARY — A chance sighting of a suspect in an assault last year has led to felony charges against a Glen Park neighborhood teen in connection with two attacks on the recreational trail near his home, police said.

Devonta Brewington, 18, of 1449 E. 51st Ave., is charged in both juvenile and adult courts for the attacks in August and May 6 on the trail near the Hobart-Gary border. He is being held on $90,000 bail at the Lake County Jail.

He was arrested May 20 after the victim in the first incident saw him on the trail and notified Gary police Cpl. Primo Rodriguez, who chased and captured Brewington, police Lt. Jack Arnold said.

Brewington was 17 when the Aug. 1 assault occurred, so that case was assigned to juvenile court last week, police said. On Tuesday, Brewington was charged in Lake Superior Court with attempted criminal deviate conduct, robbery resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement, sexual battery and misdemeanor battery in the May 6 attack, court records show.

In a statement to Detective Pete Baum, Brewington confirmed details of the Aug. 1 involving a 21-year-old Glen Park woman, Baum said Wednesday.

The victim told police she was walking on the trail about noon when a teen passed her in the opposite direction. Moments later, she was grabbed around the neck, dragged to the ground and the teen started pulling her pants off, but she screamed for help and someone shouted in response, causing Brewington to run away, Baum said.

He said the woman was able to provide a description of the attacker and notified police after she saw him on the trail again last week.

In the May 6 attack, a 27-year-old Hobart woman told police she was riding her bicycle on the trail and was entering the tunnel under Interstate 65 when a man “grabbed her by the waist and pushed her into the tunnel wall, causing her bicycle to crash,” police reported.

The assailant tried to rape the woman, but was unable to maintain an erection as the victim screamed and pleaded for him to let her go, according to police. They said he released her and took her cellphone, then straightened the handle bars on her bike so she could ride away.

After Gary police arrested Brewington, the Hobart woman identified him as her attacker, court records indicate.



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