Evanston man accused of prostituting teenage runaway

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

An Evanston man abducted a 14-year-old girl who ran away from home and forced her into prostitution this summer, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Donzell Mintz, 21, also hit the girl in the face after an argument Sept. 18, breaking her jaw and teeth, the state’s attorney’s office said. The girl had to undergo surgery following the attack.

On Tuesday, Mintz was ordered held without bail for violating his parole for an aggravated battery conviction in 2011. A Cook County judge set bail at $600,000 for his latest charges, which include involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated domestic battery.

Mintz met the teenage runaway on the South Side of Chicago in late August and offered her shelter, according to the state’s attorney’s office. After a few days in Chicago, Mintz and the girl moved to Evanston, where he made her work as a prostitute and drug dealer.

The state’s attorney’s office said Mintz and the girl had sex more than once over a three-week period.

His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 16.

— Patrick Svitek