Parolee Held Without Bond in ‘Horrific’ Sleepy Hollow Attack
A Sleepy Hollow man facing 26 felony counts is being held without bond in a violent home invasion in Sleepy Hollow in which a young woman was stabbed and sexually assaulted and her brother was brutally stabbed multiple times when he came to her defense.
The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged 32-year-old Fabian J. Torres with the offenses of:
- Attempted murder, Class X felony, 2 counts
- Aggravated criminal sexual assault, Class X felony, 4 counts
- Home invasion, Class X felony, 8 counts
- Armed violence, Class X felony, 2 counts
- Attempted aggravated kidnapping, Class 1 felony, 2 counts
- Aggravated battery, Class 3 felony, 4 counts
- Aggravated unlawful restraint, Class 3 felony, 4 counts
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon described the facts of the case as horrific.
“This is one of the most violent cases we have charged in my years as the Kane County state’s attorney,” he said. “Our job now is to go to work for the community of Sleepy Hollow, and these victims and their families. These victims have been through a lot, and two of them are recovering from serious injuries.”
Kane County prosecutors allege that at about 12:35 p.m. April 8, 2019, Torres entered a home in the 900 block of Saratoga Parkway, Sleepy Hollow, without consent. He was armed with at least one knife with a blade in excess of 3 inches long.
The home was occupied by two victims, one female and one male. Torres’ entry was video recorded on an electronic doorbell device.
Torres also had in his possession a black bag that contained rope, heavy duty duct tape, pepper spray, bear repellent and items of a sexual nature. He had purchased the rope, tape, pepper spray and bear spray the morning of April 8.
Torres, while brandishing a knife, ordered the female victim to remove her clothing and ordered the male victim to leave the room. As Torres sexually assaulted the female victim, she attempted to wrest the knife from him, and a struggle began.
During the struggle, Torres stabbed the female victim causing severe lacerations to her hands and calf, the State’s Attorney’s Office said. The male victim came to aid the female victim, and Torres stabbed him in multiple places on his body including his face, head and chest.
Prosecutors said the female victim escape from the home while Torres continued to attack the male victim, who eventually escaped and fled the home.
A short time later, Torres fled the victim’s home with a large knife in his right hand. He left his black bag, cell phone and wallet, including identification, in the victims’ home. Both victims remain hospitalized as a result of the knife wounds.
After Torres left the victims’ home, prosecutors say he walked north to another victim’s home in the same neighborhood and unlawfully entered with two knives. Two victims were present.
Torres grabbed one victim while pointing a knife at her, and demanded she take him to her vehicle. However, she was able to separate herself from Torres and he left the residence.
Torres then was observed in the area of Randall Road and Joy Street approaching vehicles and asking for a ride. Police encountered him a short distance away and he fled before being taken into custody a short time later.
Torres is on parole for a 2011 offense of attempted aggravated arson in McHenry County. He was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections to mandatory supervised release status (parole) in October 2018.
Torres appeared Thursday (April 11, 2019) in Kane County bond court. After denying bail to Torres, Associate Judge Keith Johnson set Torres’ next court appearance for 9 a.m. April 17, 2019, in Courtroom 217 in front of Associate Judge David Kliment at the Kane County Judicial Center.
If convicted of all counts, Torres faces a sentence of 74 and 245 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Torres remains in custody at the Kane County jail.
Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane said
“I’m proud of my department’s quick response to take this defendant into custody and protect the community from further threats.”
The charges against Torres are not proof of guilt. Torres is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.