A judge on Monday will decide whether a Peoria man charged with rape will be able to stand trial in another county.
Kevin Lowe, an attorney representing Monterius Hinkle, said Thursday he believed his client wouldn’t be able to receive a fair trial based on the publicity of his arrest and subsequent appearances in court.
Hinkle, 21, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 26 years in prison in November for raping a 16-year-old girl after he grabbed her and dragged her through an alley, a yard and into his home in the 2800 block of West Malone Street in broad daylight.
While that case is now being appealed, Hinkle faces two other pending rape cases – one of which Lowe said he is attempting to have moved.
Hinkle’s cases also became a political football in last year’s campaign for the office of Peoria County state’s attorney.
Hinkle faces a combined 60 years in prison if convicted in the two cases, which involve alleged assaults in August and June 2007.
A janitor at Kingman Primary School was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night while taking out the garbage.
The 44-year-old employee at the school, 3129 NE Madison Ave., told police he was walking to the trash container in the alley on the south side of the school about 8:30 p.m., when a man wearing a ski mask approached him and asked for 50 cents.
The victim told the man he didn’t have any money and returned to his work, but the robber didn’t give up. Instead, he stepped closer, pointed a small, black handgun at him and told the victim to hand over his wallet, according to a Peoria police report. The janitor threw his wallet at the gunman, who caught it and ran north on Madison, the report stated.
The gunman was described as a black man, about 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 150 pounds, wearing a black parka and black sweat pants, according to the report.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday.
A Central Peoria man was ordered held on $150,000 bond for allegedly breaking into a South Peoria home and threatening the couple inside with a broken bottle.
Bobby Jones Jr., 41, of 1120 W. Gift Ave. faces two counts of home invasion and one count of criminal damage to property for the incident early Friday.
Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Pattelli said police were sent to the 2000 block of West Howett Street on the report of a home invasion. On their way, they were flagged down by one of the victims, who had managed to slip out of the house to call police.
Once there, they found Jones and arrested him. According to the couple, Jones had come to their house earlier and an argument ensued. They got him to leave, but he returned about 2:30 a.m., kicked the door in and threatened the couple. While the husband calmed Jones down and got him to give up the bottle, the wife slipped out and called police.
Jones denied kicking the door in and said he was there to talk about the couple owing money to someone else.
Jones will next appear in court Dec. 4 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.