Man Charged in Stabbing Death, Sex Assault of Woodridge Woman
Adam Belmont, of Northlake, is charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Woodridge resident Alyssa Van Meter.
A Northlake man is accused of stabbing to death and then sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend, a Woodridge resident. He was denied bond in DuPage County Court on Monday.
According to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, 23-year-old Adam Belmont, of Northlake, is charged with the first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, Woodridge resident Alyssa Van Meter.
Belmont appeared in court Monday and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of home invasion, both Class X felonies.
His next court date is Jan. 14. If convicted, Belmont faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Woodridge police responded to a call at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in Forest Drive and found Van Meter on the floor with apparent stab wounds in her chest.
Police say Belmont went to Van Meter's apartment at about 9 p.m. that evening and climbed through a window in her balcony.
"Belmont confronted Van Meter and after a brief verbal confrontation, a physical altercation between the two ensued," a State's Attorney news release stated.
It's alleged that Belmont choked Van Meter until she was unconscious, then stabbed her one time in the heart. Belmont is also accused of sexually assaulting the woman after stabbing her.
“On average, more than three women are murdered every day in the United States by an intimate partner,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the 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."
Berlin thanked the Woodridge Police Department for its work on the investigation.
“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.
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Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.