A 33-year old East St. Louis man was charged Friday with seven felonies for allegedly breaking into a woman’s home, hiding under her bed, waiting for her to return home and then raping her.
Police said an identification card fell from the suspect’s pant pocket during the attack, and it was found later by the victim.
John Yarbrough was arrested Tuesday in the same area as the victim’s home, in the 700 block of North 32nd Street in East St Louis, according to East St. Louis Detective Ronald McClellan.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly's office charged Yarbrough with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon, two counts of home invasion and one count of residential burglary.
Yarbrough's bail was set at $750,000.
McClellan said police were called July 26 to investigate a reported criminal sexual assault.
“The female victim came home, and a man she did not know, who was hiding under her bed, came out holding a screwdriver. The suspect told the victim he was not going to harm her. He told her he wanted some sex,” McClellan said. “The victim said she kept saying ‘no,’ but the suspected raped her anyway.”
The victim ran from the house naked, jumped into her car and called police.
McClellan said the woman did not know her attacker but she had seen him in the area several times.
Police were able to locate Yarbrough because when he was undressing at the woman’s house, his identification card fell out of his pocket, McClellan said. “The victim found it when she went back to her house to get some clothes,” McClellan said.
The victim has metal bars on her house for protection. However, the suspect was able to bend one and open a window and climb in, police said. His original plan was to burglarize the home, but he couldn’t find any valuables that could fit through the window opening, McClellan said.