Two suspects who assaulted a woman because she refused to give them a ride have been arrested by the Plainfield Police Department.
Diamond Maxwell, 18, 14430 S. Independence Drive, and a 16-year-old juvenile, both of Plainfield, are accused of confronting the woman as she was driving northbound in the 14400 block of Independence Drive at about 10:20 p.m. Sunday.
One suspect approached the woman and asked for a ride to a local business, Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said. When she refused, he punched her on the left side of her face, causing her to lose her glasses, he said. When the second suspect opened the passenger side door of her car, she stepped on the gas and was able to shake the pair off, he said.
Based on the woman's description and people who were able to confirm that Maxwell and his accomplice were in the area at the time, police obtained arrest warrants and picked them up, McQuaid said.
Maxwell was charged with attempted vehicular invasion, a Class 2 felony, aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and criminal trespass to a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. The juvenile was charged with aggravated battery.
McQuaid said the crime was random, and that the victim, who is not from Plainfield, did not know the suspects. Both, however, are well known to police, he said.
"We have had numerous contacts with both of them," he said.
In fact, Plainfield Patch records show Maxwell was arrested on Jan. 22 for domestic battery and illegal possession of cannabis 2.5 to 10 ounces and on Nov. 4 for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Both arrests were made by the Plainfield Police Department.
Maxwell was booked into the Will County jail on Friday where he is being held on $40,000 bond.
McQuaid asked that anyone with additional information about the crime call him at 815-267-7209.