MARKHAM | A 16-year-old boy learned Friday that he was indicted on assorted criminal charges related to the robbery and sexual assault last month of a Thornton High School student.
J.W. McBee, of Harvey, who is charged as an adult, appeared in court before Associate Judge Darron Bowden for a scheduled preliminary hearing, only to have it superseded by the announcement from the Cook County state’s attorney's office that a grand jury had returned an indictment against McBee.
The indictment against McBee charges him with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and unlawful restraint, according to a spokesman for the state’s attorney's office.
McBee will appear at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Courthouse again on Oct. 29, at which time he will enter his plea and have his case assigned to a trial judge. Bond was set last month at $250,000 for McBee.
He is not being held at the Cook County Jail, with sheriff’s police officials saying Friday that because of his age, he likely is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center, 1100 S. Hamilton Ave. in Chicago, while his criminal case is pending. The Juvenile Detention Center does not confirm its inmates because of their age.
McBee is one of two teenagers who were arrested in connection with the Sept. 13 incident at 150th Street and Turlington Avenue in Harvey. The other teenager, a 15-year-old boy, is facing charges in Cook County Juvenile Court.
The incident involved a 15-year-old Thornton High School student who went to the school’s football game that night, where he encountered several teenagers.
The mother of the boy said those teens took her son to a secluded area near the campus, where they then robbed, beat and raped him. Thornton Township High School District 205 officials have said school security officers found the 15-year-old wandering around the neighborhood and notified police when they realized he was hurt.