A 20-year-old woman staying at a south suburban motel last summer opened her door just a crack when she heard someone knocking early in the morning, prosecutors said Saturday.
When she did, authorities allege, Donald C. Gatewood stormed in and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. Gatewood stole her belongings and tried to lock her in the bathroom before leaving the South Holland motel on Aug. 3, Assistant State's Attorney Joel Bruckman said in bond court.
The attack happened just off the Bishop Ford Freeway at the Cherry Lane Motel, 1122 E. 162nd St. A DNA sample sent to the Illinois State Police crime lab identified Gatewood, prosecutors said, and the woman picked him out of a photo lineup as her assailant.
Gatewood, 21, of Hammond, Ind., is a non-compliant registered sex offender in his home state, online records show. He is wanted in Lake County, Ind., for failing to register as a sex offender and robbery.
Sheriff's deputies in Knox County in western Illinois arrested Gatewood just after 7 a.m. Friday. He was taken to police in South Holland, where the woman identified him in a physical lineup.
Gatewood, of Hammond's 5500 block of Claude Avenue, faces felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
In court Saturday, Cook County Judge James Brown ordered Gatewood held on $500,000 bail.Copyright © 2015, CT Now