A 31-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison this week after pleading guilty to a 2010 rape at a community garden plot and an attempted rape 2011 at a hardware store. Both occurred in Aurora.
Tyrone M. Young, of the 800 block of Sard Avenue, Aurora, was linked to the attacks by DNA and witnesses. He must serve 85 percent of his sentence, or about 21 years.
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"Tyrone Young is a violent coward, and he is a danger to society," said Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon, who prosecuted the case with Assistant State's Attorney Pam Monaco. "He ambushes women that are much smaller than he is. He belongs in prison."
Young was first charged with attempted rape in July 2011 at a hardware store in the 2300 block of West Indian Trail Road in Aurora.
Prosecutors said Young went into the women's restroom and waited in a stall. Wearing boxers shorts and no pants, Young attacked the victim when she went to wash her hands.
He grabbed her from behind, forced her to the floor, but she screamed and store employees saw Young standing over the woman, prosecutors said.
Young ran, but the store manager wrote down Young's license plate and he was arrested at his home still wearing the same clothes.
Months later, DNA evidence linked Young to a sexual assault in October 2010 at the Oakhurst Forest Preserve off Fifth Avenue in Aurora, authorities said.
Young grabbed a woman by the neck as she was working at the forest preserve's community garden plots, choked her and threw her phone out of reach, prosecutors said,
The woman fought Young, but she lost consciousness and woke up as she was being raped. Young left the scene in his vehicle after being startled by another car pulling into the lot, prosecutors said.
Young must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He also gets about 33 months credit toward his sentence for time served at the Kane County jail while the cases were pending.
Judge James Hallock accepted the guilty pleas Wednesday to aggravated criminal sexual assault and attempted criminal sexual assault.