MAGAZINE SALESMAN CHARGED IN HOME INVASION, SEXUAL ASSAULT OF
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 — A 23-year-old Alabama man is charged with breaking into a LaGrange woman’s home and sexually assaulting her during the Labor Day weekend, the Office of Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Tuesday.
George H. Lucas was in the Chicago area selling magazines door-to-door, investigators said. Lucas was working for Midwest Clearing, of Hazel Crest, which is a distributor for Connecticut-based Paragon Sales. He had been with a crew from Wisconsin when the group targeted the LaGrange Highlands area around 2:30 p.m. Friday. After he had visited 25 houses, Lucas was supposed to be picked up around 8:30 p.m. When his co-workers failed to pick him up, he drank shots of vodka with a neighborhood resident, investigators said.
Lucas then walked to a nearby gas station around 10 p.m. to purchase cigarettes, after which he began wandering the neighborhood. He stayed in the victim’s backyard for a while before going into the victim’s home. Though investigators found a cut screen, Lucas told police he entered through an unlocked door.
Lucas ate and watched TV in the victim’s home, while she slept, before seeing her in her bedroom. He entered her room, covered her mouth and sexually assaulted her before fleeing, throwing her home phone out of the house. As he fled, Lucas left a bag of magazine sales information in the victim’s back yard, including information identifying him.
As the victim was being treated at LaGrange Hospital and talking to investigators early Saturday morning, Lucas arrived at the same emergency room, complaining he was sick and spitting up blood. Sheriff’s police investigators recognized his name from the identifying information left at the scene and arrested Lucas.
Lucas, of Clanton, Ala. is charged with home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault, both class X felonies. He is being held on $750,000 bond. His next court date is Sept. 16.