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Charges: Man assaulted woman walking home from bar

A man who police say attacked a woman walking home from a Salt Lake bar has been charged. It's the latest in a number of felony charges the man has already been accused of in 2021.

A man who police say attacked a woman walking home from a Salt Lake bar has been charged. It's the latest in a number of felony charges the man has already been accused of in 2021. (Shutterstock)



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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who claimed he sexually assaulted a woman whom he didn't know because she gave him an odd look, according to police, now faces several felony charges.

That's in addition to the numerous other charges Chad D. Connelley is currently facing or has yet to be sentenced on, according to court records. Connelley had six pending felony cases as of Sept. 24, according to charging documents. Court records show a total of 10 other felony cases have been filed against him this year alone, in addition to the charges from his latest case.

Connelley, 49, who is homeless, was charged Sept. 24 in 3rd District Court with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies; aggravated assault and three counts of taking a bank card, both third-degree felonies.

On June 5, a woman was walking home from a bar in Salt Lake City when she passed Connelley, according to charging documents. Connelley asked the woman what time it was, but she did not respond and may have "looked at him a certain way," the charges state.

Moments later, while walking in a wooden construction walkway near 600 South and 300 West, Connelley grabbed the woman from behind, sexually assaulted her, strangled her and brandished a knife while telling her "that she is lucky he isn't slitting her throat," the charges state. Connelley then took three of the woman's credit cards, according to the charges.

The woman told police that Connelley told her "that she looked at him like she wasn't going to give him the time of day and that is why he did what he did," the charges state.

DNA evidence was collected and after being put into a database for comparison, police identified Connelley as a suspect, according to the charges.

Among the numerous charges Connelley currently faces in other cases: He was charged with being a restricted person in possession of a weapon on Sept. 7; theft by receiving stolen property on Aug. 19; burglary on Aug. 12; and aggravated assault on July 20.

In the assault case, a woman had just finished loading her groceries into her car in West Jordan, when Connelley opened her door, pointed a large stick at her and told her to "Get out!" according to charging documents. The woman pushed Connelley away, closed her door and contacted police, the charges state.

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