A Northlake man is being held without bond after DuPage County officials said strangled his former Woodridge girlfriend before stabbing her in the chest and sexually assaulted her.
Adam Belmont, 23, of Northlake, is in custody for the alleged murder of his former girlfriend, Alyssa Van Meter, of Woodridge. The alleged murder took place Saturday at 11:30 p.m., according to officials, on Forest Drive.
Police responded to the address to find Van Meter dead on the bedroom floor of her apartment. Around 9 p.m. Saturday night, Belmont allegedly entered Van Meter’s apartment by climbing up the outside balcony and climbing through a window.
Once inside the apartment, Belmont allegedly confronted Van Meter and after a brief verbal confrontation, a physical altercation between the two ensued. Belmont then allegedly choked Van Meter until she was unconscious. Belmont then allegely stabbed her one time in the chest, piercing her heart and sexually assaulted her.
After killing Van Meter, Belmont allegedly fled the scene. An investigation by the Woodridge Police Department led authorities to Belmont, who was arrested later that evening.
“On average, more than three women are murdered every day in the United States by an intimate partner,” said DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin in a release.
“The allegations against Mr. Belmont are very disturbing in that he allegedly took the life of his former girlfriend because she began dating someone new and was moving on with her life. I would like to thank the Woodridge Police Department for their outstanding police work in the apprehension of Mr. Belmont. I would particularly like to thank Detective Jody Porras and Sergeant Tom Stefanson for their tireless efforts in this investigation. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Tim Diamond and Alex Sendlak for their exceptional work on this case as well.”
“We knew early in the investigation that this was an isolated incident which led us to the victim’s ex-boyfriend,” Woodridge Police Chief Ken Boehm said in the release. “At no time was public safety at risk. I would like to thank Woodridge responding Officers, Investigators, members of the Felony Investigation Assistance Team (FIAT), DuPage County Forensic Unit and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their hard work and exemplary services.”
This morning, Belmont was charged with two counts of First Degree Murder, one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class X Felony and one count of Home Invasion, a Class X Felony.
His next court appearance is scheduled for January 14, 2013, in front of Judge Blanche Fawell. If convicted, he faces a possible term of natural life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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