WEST CHICAGO — A West Chicago man has been charged as an armed habitual criminal after allegedly striking a woman and threatening her with a gun, just two weeks after he was arrested for punching the same woman, according to DuPage County prosecutors.
Lee Steverson, 30, appeared in bond court Thursday where Judge Liam Brennan set bail at $300,000. Police allege that Steverson struck the woman, whom he knows, in the face Wednesday and then pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her if she reported the incident to police.
He had asked the woman for her car keys and reportedly became upset when she said she did not have them, prosecutors said.
The woman went outside and called 911. Steverson fled on foot, carrying the gun and some marijuana in a bag, authorities said.
Police responded to Steverson's residence in the 100 block of Washington Street and found the bag with the gun near a bush. Steverson was arrested without incident a short time later at a nearby store, prosecutors said.
He had been out on bond after being charged in late February with domestic violence and resisting a police officer for an incident in which the same woman was also the victim, authorities said.
The new charges include the armed habitual criminal count, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Prosecutors said Wednesday's arrest marked the fourth time Steverson, who has a felony record, has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
He is also facing new counts of domestic battery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
In a statement released Thursday, State's Attorney Robert Berlin said Steverson showed "a complete disregard for the law." Steverson is due back in court April 12.