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Bond set for Glen Ellyn man charged with aggravated sexual assault, battery

Kenneth Hatlen
Kenneth Hatlen

Bond was set May 12 at $750,000 for an unincorporated Glen Ellyn man charged with attacking, beating and sexually assaulting a 66-year-old woman as she arrived to work in the early morning May 10.

Kenneth Hatlen, 52, of 2N000 block of Virginia Ave., has been charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, one count of aggravated battery to a senior and one count of robbery, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

On May 10, 2019, at about 4:15 a.m., the victim arrived at Ki’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 705 North Ave., Glendale Heights, restaurant to begin her shift. It is alleged that before she could open the door, Hatlen, a former employee at the restaurant, grabbed her and dragged her to a grassy area near her car where he strangled her, removed her clothing and then sexually assaulted her, the release stated.

After the assault, Hatlen fled the scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital. An investigation conducted by the Glendale Heights Police Department led to Hatlen, who was taken into custody the following day in Darien, according to the release.

“The allegations against this defendant, Kenneth Hatlen, are beyond shocking and will be met with the full force and effect of the law,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. “Our seniors are among the most vulnerable in society and my office stands ready to do whatever we can to protect them and to hold those who would prey on our seniors accountable for their actions."

“I would like to thank the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their outstanding efforts in this case,” Glendale Heights Chief of Police Douglas Flint said. “I would also like to thank my officers as well as the Darien Police Department for their work. It is because of the cooperation of all these agencies we were able to get an alleged violent sexual offender off the streets in a very short time.” 

Hatlen’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 10 arraignment in front of Judge Robert Miller.