Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Girl, Stabbing Siblings In Sleepy Hollow

Bernie Tafoya
April 11, 2019 - 12:36 pm

SLEEPY HOLLOW (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A man is facing 26 felony charges for allegedly stabbing two teenage siblings and sexually assaulting one of them during a home invasion Monday in far northwest suburban Sleepy Hollow.

Fabian J. Torres, 32, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and eight counts of home invasion, according to a statement from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

Fabian Javier Torres
Kane County sheriff's office

He is also facing two counts of armed violence, two counts of attempted aggravated kidnapping, four counts of aggravated unlawful restraint and four counts of aggravated battery, prosecutors said.

At 12:35 p.m. on Monday, Torres was recorded by a video doorbell entering the home in the 900 block of Saratoga Parkway with “at least one knife,” prosecutors said. He also had a bag containing rope, duct tape, pepper spray, bear repellant and “items of a sexual nature.”

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Prosecutors said Torres had mentioned in the previous days his plans to carry out a kidnapping.

A boy and girl, both 17, were inside the home at the time, according to prosecutors and Sleepy Hollow police. Torres ordered the girl to take off her clothes at knifepoint and ordered the boy to leave the room.

The girl tried to take the knife from Torres while he was sexually assaulting her, the state’s attorney’s office said. During the struggle, Torres stabbed her in her hands and calf.

When the boy tried to help his sister, Torres stabbed him in the face, head and chest, prosecutors said. The girl was able to run out of the home while Torres attacked her brother.

The boy was eventually also able to make it out of the house and run away, the state’s attorney’s office said. Torres left the house with the knife in his hand but left behind the bag, his cellphone and his wallet, which had an ID inside.

"I would characterize both his action and his sister’ actions as courageous and strong, to fight back. Saved their lives, I’m sure," Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.

The siblings remain hospitalized with serious injuries Thursday, prosecutors said.

Torres then allegedly walked into another neighbor’s home, confronted a mother and her son but eventually left.  Officials say he was then seen minutes later trying to get into motorist’s cars on Randall Road and Joy Lane near a pizza place where he had worked before being arrested. 

The state's attorney said the attack began about 12:35 pm Monday and that Torres was taken into custody at 12:59 pm.

Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane
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Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane said this was the first time his village north of Elgin has seen anything like what happened Monday. He said Sleepy Hollow is a place where many people leave their doors unlocked, but maybe not any more.

"A crime like this will probably affect the way people do things in the community," he said.  

Chief Linane's message to Sleepy Hollow residents is, "You still live in a very, very safe community with a very low crime rate. The men and the women of the Sleepy Hollow police department will continue to keep your family safe, just like we have for the last 60 years."

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."

Torres is being held without bail at the Kane County Adult Justice Center, according to prosecutors and the Kane County sheriff’s office. His next court date was set for April 17.

If convicted on all 26 counts, prosecutors said Torres faces a sentence of 74 to 245 years in prison. 

He previously served time in prison for aggravated attempted arson and was out on parole at the time of Monday's attacks.

State's Attorney McMahon said, "the facts of this case are horrific. This is one of the most violent cases we have charged in my years as state’s attorney of Kane County."