A 34-year-old Fairview Heights man was charged Tuesday in connection with a sexual assault police say he committed against a woman he knows in his apartment at 3 Belle Drive in Fairview Heights Monday morning.
An announcement from the Fairview Heights Police Department stated Vernon L. Wells, Jr., was in his apartment visiting with the 46-year-old woman when he restrained her, tried to choke her and sexually assaulted her Monday morning. The woman escaped and called police at 6 a.m.
The woman was examined and treated at a local hospital and then was released. Wells was arrested at the apartment complex without incident.
Charges against Wells include two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count each of aggravated battery and unlawful restraint. He’s in custody at the St. Clair County Jail on $75,000 bond.