Police Arrest Man In Connection With May Sexual Assault In Park Forest

Deandre Wilson, charged with criminal sexual assault, armed robbery
Deandre Wilson, age 30. (Source: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Park Forest Police announced on Saturday the arrest of a man in connection with a sexual assault reported on May 15.

Police  issued a community alert in May regarding a report that an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while walking home from Rich East High School.

The department’s Investigations Unit charged Deandre Wilson, age 30, of the 200 block of Minocqua Street, Park Forest, with aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed robbery. According to police, this is in reference to the “May 15, 2017 sexual assault and robbery of an 18-year-old woman in the area of Wildwood Drive and Wilshire Street in Park Forest.”

“This investigation involved hundreds of hours of work by numerous investigators and patrol officers as well as civilian staff,” police said in the statement. “as from the beginning we were committed to expending any resources necessary in solving this heinous attack on a member of our community.”

“While an arrest alone is not the ultimate step in resolving this incident,” police continued, “we hope that this arrest begins to bring closure and healing to the victim and community.”

The “intensive investigation” spanned over seven weeks, the statement said.

The reported sexual of assault occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. in the area of Wildwood Drive and Wilshire Street, according to police.

“And as always, we remind the public that our judicial system affords the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law,” the statement concludes.

Note: An arrest does not mean that a person is guilty. All those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.