Omar Aldape, the teenager accused of breaking into a Sturtevant home and raping a woman, was assigned a $100,000 cash bond Wednesday at his initial appearance on the charges.

Aldape was officially charged with 1st degree sexual assault; armed burglary, party to a crime; and armed robbery with use of force as a party to a crime. All three are felonies, and if convicted, he faces up to 115 years in prison and/or up to $150,000 in fines.

Before proceedings got underway, though, Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch had to admonish Aldape for attempting to hide his face from onlookers and the media. First, he pulled his orange jailhouse shirt over his head so that the bottom half of his face was hidden.

“You have to behave like a regular person, Mr. Aldape,” Rudebusch said. “You can’t wear your shirt like a hood.”

Defense attorney Carolyn Delery chimed in with, “See? I told you. You don’t want to cause more problems for yourself.”

Rudebusch gave Delery a moment to talk with Aldape about proper courtroom decorum, and when court resumed, Aldape was wearing his shirt correctly but had his hair covering his face.

“I don’t want to be on no news,” he said.

But the commissioner wasn’t having it.

“I have to be able to see your face,” she said. “This is a public courtroom, Mr. Aldape, and the news outlets have the right to be here.”

Deputy District Attorney Tricia Hanson requested a cash bail of $500,000 based on the nature of the crime, but Rudebusch set it instead at $100,000 and ordered Aldape to have no contact with the victims and prohibited him from possessing any weapons.

Aldape is accused of breaking into a Sturtevant home with two other men in November 2013. While his accomplices took the male resident to at least two ATM machines to withdraw money, Aldape stayed behind with a woman. While he was alone with her, police allege he sexually assaulted her.

After Aldape’s initial appearance, Hanson said authorities have not yet determined why the Sturtevant home was chosen.

“There is nothing to indicate why this couple was a target,” she said. “It appears completely random.”

The defendant was arrested last November in Milwaukee when police there executed a search warrant at his home. DNA obtained at the time of his arrest matched DNA taken at the time of the incident.

Aldape is facing felony firearm possession charges in Milwaukee, and Hanson said he will be transported back and forth for his case in Racine County.

“He’ll finish whatever sentence he has in Milwaukee and will be brought back and forth to Racine,” she said. “But there will be a detainer on him in Milwaukee so when they’re finished, he’ll be brought back to Racine County.”

Aldape will next be in court on Feb. 11 for his preliminary hearing.

 

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