DECATUR – Terrance K. Thomas, a 25-year-old Decatur parolee, is facing a felony charge of aggravated battery after he and a 31-year-old female relative allegedly punched a pregnant woman, clawed her face, bit her and threatened to kill her baby, police said.
The 22-year-old victim told police that Thomas and the woman confronted her at a residence March 20 in the 900 block of South Maffit Street. The victim said the woman “threw her to the ground and began striking and clawing at her face with her nails,” said an affidavit by Decatur police detective Timothy Wittmer. The woman “also bit her on the arm,” the victim told police.
During the attack, the woman screamed at the victim that she was “going to stomp this baby out of you.” After the victim escaped from the female assailant, “Terrance then struck her repeatedly in the face with a closed fist," according to the affidavit.
The victim's account was corroborated by an eyewitness, Wittmer wrote in the affidavit. Patrol officer Derek Oakley “observed injuries consistent with her statement.” The victim told police that both suspects were aware that she was pregnant at the time of the incident. She said she was familiar with both of them and positively identified them from photographs. The woman who allegedly attacked the victim is being sought by police.
Thomas, who is listed as 6 feet tall, weighing 236 pounds, on the Illinois Department of Corrections website, was released from prison on parole June 3, after serving four years of an eight-year sentence for a conviction of attempted armed robbery with a firearm.
In that case, Thomas was originally charged with Class X home invasion and five other felony charges for breaking into the northwest side home of a 34-year-old woman and her teenage son and threatening them with a rifle on June 5, 2012.
Thomas and his accomplices all wore masks as they terrorized the family, which had no money to give to them. They were all on parole at the time of that incident and all returned to prison for eight-year terms.