On Tuesday night, July 26 a 16 year-old girl was abducted and raped in Antioch, Illinois.
An ex-convict, Anthony Cerone, 35, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated armed violence, and 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault, according to police.
The incident occurred after the girl was abducted at knifepoint after coming out of an Antioch Walmart after 9:00 p.m. Previous to entering the Walmart at 9:00 p.m., the girl spotted Cerone pacing back and forth outside the Walmart; when the girl left the Walmart approximately 20 minutes later, Cerone held her at knifepoint and forced her into her vehicle.
According to police, he then ordered the girl to drive to the rear parking lot of the Best Western Regency Inn at 350 W. Route 173, where he proceeded to sexually assault the girl.
According to police, after the sexual assault, Cerone forced the victim to drive back to an area near the abduction point (Walmart) and drop him off at a church parking lot across the street. He warned her not to tell anyone what happened.
According to Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville, “There’s no connection whatsoever between he and the victim.”
Police arrested Cerone at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday based upon the victim’s descriptions, video surveillance tapes and other investigative findings.
Cerone, who has an extensive criminal history involving weapons charges and violent crimes, appeared in court Thursday. Bail was set at $1 million.
According to police, the victim was hospitalized briefly following the assault, but was not injured.
More details on this incident can be found in the dailyherald.com story of July 29 titled “Antioch man charged with abducting, raping teen.”