Tevin Rainey, 21, charged with sexually assaulting elderly woman in Westmont

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A man charged in connection with the sexual assault of an elderly woman in the western suburbs is being held on $5 million bond. (WLS)

A Woodridge man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of an elderly woman in the western suburbs.

Prosecutors said Tevin Rainey, 21, sexually assaulted a woman in her 80s in her Westmont apartment on New Year's Day, then forced her at gunpoint to drive to an ATM to make a withdrawal.

The victim was initially treated at a hospital, but is now being cared for by relatives. She did not wish to comment at this time, but investigators say her assistance helped lead them to a big break in the case.

"It was very unsettling for us because crimes like this usually don't happen in this community. Westmont is a very safe community, crimes like this are a rarity," Westmont Police Chief Tom Mulhearn said.

An alert gas station attendant led detectives to the suspect. The Westmont police chief said a gas station clerk near the victim's apartment recalled an unusual situation early on New Year's Day, the same day as the assault.

"A suspect was in the gas station prior to the attack, and he was attempting to purchase gloves and condoms. And we walked out of the gas station without purchasing either," Mulhearn said.

The next day, nearby Woodbridge police arrested Rainey for lying about his name. Authorities then learned Rainey had an outstanding arrest warrant in Will County.

Once in custody, video tape from the gas station, the Westmont victim's description and DNA led police to file charges against Rainey.

"They were able to connect our suspect, the offender, through DNA to an article of clothing the victim was wearing at the time of the attack and also to the interior of her vehicle, where he was sitting when he forced her to drive to an ATM to remove money," Mulhearn said.

Police say Rainey most recently lived in Woodridge, but was familiar with this area in Westmont. His bond has been set a $5 million and is due back in court on Feb. 10.
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