Prosecutors say a man followed two women, one of whom he made sexual advances towards and then grabbed her before striking her in the face in Round Lake Beach.
Oscar Torres-Ordonez, 23, of Round Lake, was charged with battery and assault, both misdemeanors.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis DeRosa said Torres-Ordonez followed a woman into an ice cream shop in Round Lake Beach on August 16.
Torres-Ordonez allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward the woman, who was with her child.
Torres-Ordonez grabbed the woman by the wrist and tried taking her phone, DeRosa said.
The victim left and went to her car but Torres-Ordonez continued to follow her.
Torres-Ordonez reached into the woman’s car and struck her in the face, causing a minor injury, DeRosa said.
A second woman called police a short time later about a man, later identified as Torres-Ordonez, who was following her inside the Dollar Tree store.
DeRosa said Torres-Ordonez had recently been trespassed from Thornton’s gas station for pulling on car doors.
The man had also been trespassed from a local laundromat for sleeping inside it.
DeRosa said Torres-Ordonez is a Honduran national who is homeless in Lake County. Police have had numerous run-ins with Torres-Ordonez.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak questioned why the state’s attorney’s office only charged with Torres-Ordonez misdemeanors instead of felonies.
Potkonjak ordered Torres-Ordonez held on a $250,000 bond and ordered him to surrender his Honduran passport if he posts bond.
Torres-Ordonez is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on Tuesday.