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Kenneth W. Merrills, 20

River Forest Police Announce the Arrest of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault Offender (CASE #13-1744)

On March 14, 2013 at approximately 7:45 AM, River Forest Police Units responded to a residence on the 8000 block of Lake St. in River Forest after a 43 year old female resident called 911 to report that she had been physically and sexually assaulted by a male acquaintance that she identified as Kenneth W. Merrills, 20, of the 6000 block of N. Richmond in Chicago. The victim had left the residence to call 911, waited for police to arrive, and told responding officers that Merrills was still inside her residence and armed with a sword, which he had used to sexually and physically assault her with.

River Forest officers, along with members of the Forest Park Police Department, quickly formed an entry team, made entry to the residence, and ultimately took Merrills into custody without further incident.  The ensuing investigation revealed that Merrills had battered, sexually assaulted, and unlawfully restrained the victim inside her residence during the late evening hours of March 13, 2013 and early morning hours of March 14, 2013.  The victim in this case did not suffer life threatening injuries, and was released from the hospital on March 14, 2013.

Representatives of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted with the investigation and ultimately approved Class X Felony Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Class 3 Felony Unlawful Restraint charges against Merrills.

On March 15, 2013, Merrills appeared for a bond hearing at the Cook County Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood where bond was set at $15,000.  At the bond hearing, it was also determined that Merrills violated his existing court probation resulting in a No Bond finding regarding that previous case. Merrills will appear on March 21, 2013, at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood in Room 102.

We applaud the courage of the victim to call 911, especially after such a violent attack. The responding and investigating officers worked diligently to secure proper criminal charges were filed and to communicate with the immediate neighborhood that the sole offender in this attack was no longer a threat to the community.” -–Deputy Chief James O'Shea
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The public is reminded that a signed complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


















The public is reminded that a signed complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


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