A Far South Side man already accused of raping a woman he met on Facebook has been charged in a similar attack from 2009 after prosecutors reopened their investigation and the accuser identified him in a police lineup, authorities said Thursday.
In the latest charge, prosecutors said Wayne Smith, 25, met the 28-year-old woman on Facebook and chatted with her by e-mail and phone before arranging a date at a restaurant in October 2009. After dinner, she was heading home alone when Smith approached her, “hooked his arm around the victim’s neck” and forced her back to his house, which was then in the 8700 block of South Crandon Avenue.
Smith had an object in his jacket pocket jabbed into the victim that she thought could be a gun, said Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Thomas McGuire. He choked and sexually assaulted her, warning her not to say anything or he would kill her, McGuire said.
Police were not initially notified of the attack, court records show, but in early 2010, the woman identified Smith in a police lineup. He was released without charges, however, because of a lack of physical evidence.
This month, Smith was charged in a separate rape of a 24-year-old woman he also allegedly met on Facebook, prompting prosecutors to reopen the 2009 investigation. The 2009 victim again identified Smith in a police lineup, according to court records.
Smith, of the 12200 block of South Wallace Street, is being held on a combined $500,000 bond in both cases.
Makes you wonder what Mark Zukerberg has to say about it??