Springfield man indicted on sex assault charges

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ An 18-year-old Springfield man accused of home invasions and sexual assaults of women more than 60 years old has been indicted by a grand jury.

A Sangamon County grand jury indicted Tevonne Thomas on Thursday, the State Journal-Register reported. He is charged with home invasion, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated sexual assault in an Aug. 7 break-in. He is also charged with home invasion and aggravated sexual assault as well as residential burglary in two Aug. 8 incidents.

Thomas broke into a home, put a gun to the head of a woman older than 60 and demanded money and sex, authorities said. The woman’s daughter came into the room and scared Thomas away, police said.

He forced his way into a house the next day and sexually assaulted a 70-year-old woman.

Authorities didn’t issue a public warning about the possibility of a serial rapist in Springfield because there were differences between the incidents and police weren’t initially sure that the same person was responsible, Springfield Police Deputy Chief Dan Mounce said.

Thomas is being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $500,000 bond for each of the three break-ins, or $1.5 million total. Online jail records didn’t indicate if he has an attorney.

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