CROWN POINT — Police allege a woman was sexually assaulted at gunpoint at her Merrillville home by a man she had a previous relationship with, despite a no-contact order issued against the man.
Felix S. Sherwood, 26, of Merrillville, was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of rape, criminal confinement, intimidation, domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, strangulation and pointing a firearm, all felony offenses. He was also charged with two misdemeanors.
The woman called 911 on June 10 to report Sherwood was pounding on the front door of her Merrillville home, which violated a no contact order issued by the courts June 1, 2017.
Sherwood fled the home before police arrived, records state. The woman decided to leave her house for the night, but when she returned there later to grab her belongings, Sherwood met her at the door and forced his way inside, records state.
The woman said Sherwood beat her, pulled her hair and choked her, records state. He then allegedly pulled out a firearm and forced her into a bedroom, where he ordered her at gunpoint to perform oral sex.
The woman said Sherwood also raped her, records state. The woman fled the home afterward, and police were contacted at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, records state.
Doctors noted the woman suffered injuries to her groin, knee and neck in the attack, records state.
Sherwood already faces felony charges of criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement in connection to an arrest June 1 in Lake County, court records state.
Sherwood remained wanted by police Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
He is not afforded bond on the new charges, records state.