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Demee Iluma

Attack on woman at bank nets spate of felony counts

– A Fort Wayne man was charged Thursday in what police said was a brazen midday attack on a woman in the lobby of a downtown bank this month.

Two shots from a stun gun couldn't stop 34-year-old Demee Iluma's frantic attempts to grab the woman, police said in a probable cause affidavit.

Iluma, of the 300 block of West Superior Street, faces felony charges of criminal confinement, resisting law enforcement, battery by bodily waste and a misdemeanor battery charge.

About 3 p.m. April 12, police were called to the lobby of 1st Source Bank on East Main Street after witnesses reported a woman being attacked in the lobby.

When police arrived, they found the victim in a defensive position near the front door and Iluma in the middle of the lobby, where he refused commands from police to lie on the floor, the affidavit said.

As Iluma started toward the victim again, police fired a Taser at him and delivered two shocks before officers had to physically restrain Iluma when the Taser had no lasting effect, the report said.

The woman told police she was walking with a friend when Iluma, whom the two women did not know, approached them and asked for help as he entered the revolving door to the bank. So the woman followed him in but then quickly tried to leave when she saw Iluma remove his belt, but the door turned only one way, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police Iluma pulled her to the floor when the door reached the lobby and grabbed at her shirt and bra as she kicked Iluma in the face, but even those kicks did not deter his assault.

She told investigators Iluma was talking gibberish during the attack and seemed intoxicated but did not smell of alcohol.

In a police report, an officer said Iluma asked why he was being arrested and that all he did was buy some crack cocaine. Iluma's charge of battery by bodily waste came about after he was at the hospital and allegedly threw a bottle of urine at an officer posted to guard Iluma's room.

Iluma was being held Thursday at Allen County Lockup in lieu of $15,750 bail. Court records show he has prior convictions for strangulation and resisting law enforcement.

cmeyers@jg.net

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