Man pleads guilty to raping 2 women on Joliet trail; identified as attacker in 3rd case

(Will County State's Attorney's Office)

A man has pleaded guilty to raping two women in southwest suburban Joliet. He was also identified as the attacker in a third rape, but charges were later dropped in that case. The Will County State's Attorney's Office also said the man is living in the U.S. illegally.

Miguel Luna, 37, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the criminal sexual assault of two women along the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail in 2015 and 2016, according to the state's attorney's office.

Luna was identified in connection with three rapes after an attack on May 18, 2016, when he targeted a woman who knew a friend of his. Luna attacked the woman in the area near Brandon Road, tied her up and sexually assaulted her, the office said.

Luna was identified by the mutual friend and DNA tests linked him to two other attacks.

On May 21, 2016, Luna, wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and surgical gloves, grabbed a woman from behind while she was running on Frontage Road near Interstate 55. He put her into a chokehold and tied her up with shoelaces under the I-55 viaduct, where he sexually assaulted her, the office said. She was left tied under the viaduct until she was able to free herself.

About eight months earlier, on Sept. 6, 2015, Luna attacked another woman in the same area.

Luna jumped off a bike he was riding and grabbed a woman from behind on Brandon Road and Larkin Avenue. He dragged the woman into the woods, tied her up, and sexually assaulted her repeatedly for an hour and a half before letting her go, the office said.

In two of the attacks, Luna told the victims he has a knife, but never showed it.

Luna pleaded guilty to raping two of the three women, the office said. Although he was identified as the attacker in all three cases, the third victim recently died and charges were dropped in her case in exchange for Luna's guilty plea in the other two. The state's attorney's office said the investigation of the third sexual assault led police to Luna.

Luna faces between 32 and 80 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July, according to the state's attorney's office.

"Miguel Luna is in this country illegally. This ruthlessly violent sexual predator should never have had the opportunity to brutally prey upon these innocent young women," Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said. "He terrorized our community by repeatedly committing the most vicious sexual assaults against unsuspecting women in an historic area that people from throughout the region safely enjoy for recreation."

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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