Man charged in sexual assault of 97-year-old woman

Frank Mendez, 51, of Mt. Prospect faces aggravated criminal sexual assault in connection with the assault of a 97-year-old woman. (Arlington Heights Police Department)

An Illinois man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 97-year-old woman in an assisted living facility last month, officials said.

Frank Mendez, 51, faces an aggravated sexual assault charge, in addition to home invasion and aggravated battery.

Mendez was scheduled to appear in bond court on Sunday.

The assault occurred Aug. 20 at about 10:40 p.m., when Mendez allegedly entered the woman's residence at the facility through a window, police said.

The assisted living and retirement community, called Church Creek, is located at Central Road and Dwyer Avenue in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Mendez was nabbed on Thursday for breaking into a home on the same day as the sexual assault. The break-in occurred earlier in the evening on the same in the 700-block of South Patton Circle in Arlington Heights.
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