Prosecutors: Hoffman Estates man kept girlfriend from leaving during fight

Updated 8/1/2017 6:55 PM

A 30-year-old Hoffman Estates man, who prosecutors say refused to let his girlfriend leave an apartment where they were arguing, was ordered held on $100,000 bail Tuesday.

Anthony Raio, who is on conditional discharge for resisting an officer, was charged with unlawful restraint, a class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison. Probation is also an option.

Prosecutors described the escalation of a June 18 argument between Raio and a woman during which Raio prevented her from leaving the apartment by forcing the front door closed.

Cook County assistant state's attorney Jennifer Gates said the woman attempted to lock herself in a bathroom but that Raio forced the door open. He took the woman's cellphone, pushed her into a wall, and forced her to the floor where he spat on her, Gates said.

Gates said Raio punched a wall, causing damage. A toilet was also damaged during the altercation, she said.

The woman broke free and ran to a neighbor's apartment for help but no one answered her knocks, Gates said. Gates described Raio following the woman, grabbing her by her mouth to stop her from screaming then dragging her back into the apartment, where she was able to flee with her car keys but without her cellphone or shoes.

She drove to her sister's home and called police, Gates said.

In a statement to Hoffman Estates police last week, Raio said he held the woman's arms, hit two doors with his fist and hid her cellphone under a pillow, Gates said.

Raio next appears in court on Aug. 24.

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