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8/13/2014 3:00:00 PM
Grand jury indicts on home invasion, aggravated arson counts

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — A La Salle man was indicted Tuesday for a July 13 home invasion allegedly committed after repeated, and unwanted, contact with the victim.

A La Salle County grand jury convened Tuesday and indicted Ollie B. Owens, 53, of 609 Fourth St., Apt. 5 on one count of home invasion, a Class X felony carrying 6-30 years in prison with no possibility of probation.

Owens was picked up Aug. 5 on a sealed warrant and details were slow to emerge. However, La Salle police subsequently reported that Owens was charged after he allegedly forcibly entered late July 13 a residence in the 1600 block of St. Vincent Avenue and allegedly battered two occupants, one male and one female.

La Salle police said Owens was alleged to have had repeat contact with the female prior to the home invasion and against her wishes. Police placed Owens into custody July 14, but he required medical attention from injuries sustained when the male victim defended himself. Owens was later discharged but then picked up following an investigation.

Owens remains held on $100,000 bond. He will next appear Aug. 21 before La Salle County Circuit Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia for arraignment.

Separately, a Streator man and La Salle man already charged with aggravated domestic battery were indicted on new and more serious charges Tuesday.

William J. Milian, 29, of 1212 E. Main St., Streator was indicted on a new count of attempted murder, a Class X felony, for allegedly stabbing a 34-year-old woman with a sword on July 26. Milian, who’d previously been charged with aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery remains held on $2 million.

Also, Robert M. Carter, 23, of 609 Fourth St., La Salle was indicted Tuesday on a new count of residential arson, a Class 1 felony carrying 4-15 years in prison. Court records allege that on July 3 Carter “partially damaged” the residence of a woman in the 2600 block of Market Street.

As with Milian, Carter already was facing a charge of aggravated domestic battery against the same victim in the arson count. Additional details are pending on the arson count; a report by Peru firefighters was being withheld pending the criminal investigation.

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