A Cook County judge on Wednesday Sept. 28, denied bond for a 40-year-old West Side man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a parking lot earlier this month.
Mark Jones, of the 600 block of North Central Avenue, faces felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping stemming from an incident on Sept. 14. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors allege Jones offered a 22-year-old woman a ride home on the rainy night of Sept. 14. But instead, prosecutors said, Jones drove to a parking lot at 3630 W. Madison St. and demanded sex.
Jones also threatened to kill the woman if she did not cooperate, prosecutors said. They allege that Jones forced her to perform oral sex and have intercourse.
After Jones let the woman leave, she immediately contacted police, prosecutors said. She was later treated and released from the hospital. The woman identified Jones in a police line-up, which led to his arrest on Sept. 27.
In 1992, Jones was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated criminal sexual assault. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Because of his prior conviction, state law requires that he be denied bond, prosecutors said.
Jones also was convicted twice of drug possession, once in 1987 and again in 1990, according to prosecutors. Jones is a lifelong Chicago resident and attended school through the 11th grade, his attorney said. Cook County Circuit Judge Colleen Hyland set another court date for Oct. 19.