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Joliet man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting women at I&M Canal path

Miguel Luna faces 32 to 80 years in prison

Miguel C. Luna
Miguel C. Luna

A Joliet man pleaded guilty to raping three women on the I&M Canal path two years ago.

Miguel C. Luna, 37, of the 1400 block of Winifred Street, Joliet, pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault Wednesday, according to a news release from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. Luna faces a 32- to 80-year prison sentence when Will County Judge David Carlson makes a decision July 16.

“Miguel Luna is in this country illegally. This ruthlessly violent sexual predator should never have had the opportunity to brutally prey upon these innocent young women,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in a news release.

Glasgow said Luna “terrorized our community by repeatedly committing the most vicious sexual assaults against unsuspecting women in an historic area that people from throughout the region safely enjoy for recreation.”

Luna attacked the first victim between Brandon Road and Larkin Avenue Sept. 6, 2015.

He jumped off a bike, tackled the woman from behind, dragged her into the woods and tied her up, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He repeatedly sexually assaulted her during the more than 90 minutes he held her captive.

Another woman was attacked near the I&M Canal path in a similar manner about 8 a.m. May 21, 2016, while she was running along the Frontage Road near Interstate 55.

Luna, who was wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and surgical gloves, grabbed the victim from behind, put her into a chokehold and tied her hands with shoelaces under the Interstate 55 viaduct, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He sexually assaulted her and left her tied under the viaduct . She was able to free herself.

He indicated he was armed with a knife in both cases but never brandished one.

Luna was identified during the investigation of a sexual assault of another woman that occurred May 18, 2016. Luna, who also knew this woman’s friend, tied up the victim and sexually assaulted her in a secluded area near Brandon Road. The victim’s friend later identified Luna for police.

After Luna was identified in connection with the case, his DNA would conclusively link him to the other two sexual assaults, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

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