Home invasion, sexual assault charges filed in case where attacker posed as Amazon deliveryman

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Forrest Petersen (inset) and a home surveillance image of the attacker that was released by police. | CPD

A north suburban man was charged Friday with sexually assaulting an Albany Park woman last month after he allegedly posed as an Amazon delivery driver to access her home.

Prosecutors charged 57-year-old Forrest Petersen of Round Lake with felony counts of home invasion and aggravated sexual assault. He has been ordered held without bail.

The victim, 29, told police that a man posing as an Amazon driver knocked on her door and offered to bring a parcel into her home because it was heavy. 

Once inside, the man sexually assaulted her and tried to push her into a bathroom, according to police records. The woman fought back and the offender ran from the scene.

Shortly after the Dec. 29 attack, police released images of the suspect that were captured on the woman’s home surveillance system. Police developed information that Petersen had another residence on the 4000 block of North Francisco, about two blocks from where the attack took place. They eventually secured retail store surveillance footage that showed Petersen using his LINK card to make purchases while wearing the same clothing that the attacker wore, prosecutors said.

In 2008, Petersen was charged with unauthorized videotaping in suburban Cook County, according to court records. That charge was later dropped.

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