Crime & Courts

McHenry County Jail holding Arlington Heights man facing sexual assault, theft charges

Eric J. Elwell, 23, of the 1300 block of East Waverly Place, Arlington Heights, was charged with criminal sexual assault and theft
Eric J. Elwell, 23, of the 1300 block of East Waverly Place, Arlington Heights, was charged with criminal sexual assault and theft

WOODSTOCK – An Arlington Heights man accused of holding down a McHenry County woman who was raped by another man after a night out at a local nightclub is in McHenry County Jail.

Eric J. Elwell, 23, of the 1300 block of East Waverly Place, previously was being held in Cook County Jail but was brought Sunday afternoon to McHenry County.

He remained in the jail Monday on $100,000 bond, according to jail records.

Elwell will appear Thursday before Judge Sharon Prather.

Elwell and his co-defendant, Blake R. Alberts, were charged Aug. 31 with criminal sexual assault and theft in connection with an Aug. 12 incident, according to court records.

The woman Alberts is accused of sexually assaulting requested a civil no-contact order against him Aug. 18. A judge granted an emergency no-contact order the same day, court records show.

The 21-year-old woman told police that she was at Moretti’s with two friends Aug. 12 when she met Alberts and Elwell, according to the no-contact order. The Moretti’s in Lake in the Hills transitions into Club 220 North at night. The club was closing, so the woman said she invited her two friends and Alberts and Elwell back to her house.

The party continued in the woman’s garage, and she said she invited people to sleep over because she didn’t want anyone to drive home after they had been drinking, according to the order.

Between 6 and 9 a.m., the woman said Alberts and Elwell walked her to her bedroom while others went to the basement to sleep, according to the order. She said Elwell held her down while Alberts sexually assaulted her, and then raped her after Elwell had left, records show.

Both men also were charged with theft of more than $500 worth of “numerous pieces of jewelry” from another woman with the same last name as the woman they are accused of assaulting on the same day, according to a criminal complaint signed by a detective with the Crystal Lake Police Department

Both men face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

Alberts remained in McHenry County Jail custody Monday on $150,000 bond. He next will appear in court Sept. 28.

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