Suit claims sex assault wouldn’t have happened if CHA fixed lock

A 58-year-old woman claims she wouldn’t have had to use a crowbar to fend off a neighbor who sexually assaulted her last month if the property managers at her Chicago Housing Authority-owned home had fixed the lock on her living room window in University Village.

The victim made “repeated and consistent notifications and complaints” about the broken lock before 30-year-old Dorval Grice entered her ground-floor apartment and attacked her Oct. 16, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Named as defendants are the CHA and McCormack Baron Management, the firm contracted by the CHA to maintain the complex near 13th and Throop streets. Spokeswomen for both organizations declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Dorval Grice | Chicago Police

The woman woke up about 6:30 a.m. to Grice pulling her hair and demanding sex, Cook County prosecutors said at Grice’s bond hearing last month. He has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault, records show.

She was able to knock him out with a glass mug on her nightstand and a crowbar that she kept by her bed for protection, prosecutors said. After she called 911, authorities found him unconscious on the floor of her ransacked bedroom, prosecutors said.

The three-count negligence suit alleges the property managers ignored her complaints. She is seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

Grice remains jailed on a $250,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2017.