A Steger man is due back in court Tuesday on charges he sexually attacked six different female victims who were walking alone in Richton Park and Park Forest in attacks that began in March and ended in June, prosecutors said.
Judge James Brown ordered Monroe Akins, 37, who also goes by the name Atkins, held on $750,000 bail on sexual abuse charges in each of the six attacks.
On March 18, around 6:30 p.m., Akins attacked a 16-year-old girl who was walking home from school through Winnebago Park in Park Forest, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Camilo Oceguera.
Akins, of the 3400 block of Kings Road, put his arm around the teen’s shoulder and asked her if she had a boyfriend. He then pulled a small knife to her abdomen and told her not to scream, then sexually abused her before she broke free, Oceguera said.
Two days later and nearby on March 20 at 8:20 a.m., Akins approached a 17-year-old girl on Westgate Drive near Westwood Drive in Park Forest. The girl was walking on the sidewalk to her high school. He put one arm around her chest and touched her sexually, then commented on her appearance before he walked away.
A community alert was issued after the second attack, Oceguera said.
In a third case on March 31, around 5:30 p.m., Akins began walking behind a 16-year-old on her way home from school near Sangamon Street and Shabbona Drive in Park Forest. He asked the teen for directions and when she said she did not know, repeatedly asked if she lived nearby. He continued to walk behind her, then touched her sexually before she ran away and told her mother.
On April 22 at 8:15 a.m., he sexually abused a 44-year-old woman who was walking to the Richton Park Metra station. As she passed him tying his shoes on the steps of the station, he wrapped an arm around her and touched her, Oceguera said. He then smiled and ran way.
On June 3 around 4:30 p.m., at Lawndale and Polk Avenues in Richton Park, Akins approached a 24-year-old woman walking home from the same Metra station. He repeatedly asked the woman for her phone number, and when she refused, followed her several blocks, grabbed her waist with one hand and with another hand grabbed her before smiling, commenting on her appearance and walking away.
On June 22, in the 300 block of South Gettysburg Street in Park Forest, he approached an 18-year-old who was walking her dog, began petting the woman’s dog and asked to hug her. When she refused, he hugged her anyway. As she walked toward her residence, he grabbed her from behind, wrapped her arms around her body and began to kiss her. He told her not to fight back because he had a gun and then grabbed her before she freed herself and reported the attack.
In each of the six cases, the victims identified Akins in a physical lineup, Oceguera said.
Akins is due back in Markham Branch Court on Tuesday, according to court firstname.lastname@example.org