Charges filed in home invasion

Evanston police say sexual assault and home invasion charges have been filed against a 40-year-old Chicago man in connection with an attack Sunday on a Northwestern University student in the 600 block of Grove Street.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says Juan Jose Garcia, of 4314 S. Wabash, has also been charged with impersonating a police officer and residential burglary in connection with two other incidents in recent days.

The NU student told police she woke up around 6 a.m. Sunday to find Garcia in her room. He then allegedly sexually abused her before fleeing the apartment.

She was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker, and police searching the area spotted Garcia and took him into custody.

Guenther says that last Saturday CTA employees reported to Evanston police that a man matching Garcia’s description had told them he was a police officer.

And he says that when they took him into custody Garcia had items in his possession that had been stolen in a burglary in the city.

Garcia is scheduled to appear Aug. 16 in Skokie district court.

Update 8:40 p.m.: The Evanston Review is reporting that Garcia suffered an apparent stroke shortly before he was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing this morning and was hospitalized. A spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office said that if he’s medically cleared, he may be rescheduled for the bond hearing Thursday.

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