Attacker Told Teen "Don't Die, Do What I Say"

The girl's mother said her daughter was walking to school when she heard footsteps coming up behind her

By Michelle Relerford
|  Friday, Mar 2, 2012  |  Updated 1:19 PM CDT
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Chicago Police said a 15-year-old was walking near 95th and Prairie Wednesday morning when a man led her into a yard at gunpoint and sexually assaulted. The girl's mother tells NBCChicago's Michelle Relerford the man told the girl,

Chicago Police said a 15-year-old was walking near 95th and Prairie Wednesday morning when a man led her into a yard at gunpoint and sexually assaulted. The girl's mother tells NBCChicago's Michelle Relerford the man told the girl, "Don't die, do what I say."

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The mother of a teen who was sexually assaulted this week says her daughter, a shy and quiet girl, is slowly recovering after the attack.

Police said the 15-year-old was walking near 95th and Prairie Wednesday morning when a man walked up behind her. He started talking to the girl, police said, then pulled out a gun. He forced her into a nearby yard and sexually assaulted her.

This is the second attack on a teenage girl in two weeks.

"He said, 'Don't die, do what I say,'" the girl's mother said, describing what her daughter heard.

Moments before the attack, the girl's mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said her daughter was walking to school when she heard footsteps coming up behind her. She didn't pay attention, but she could hear them getting faster and closer.

The girl's mother said he put his arm around the girl and told her to look down. He pulled out a revolver and led her into a yard at gunpoint.

"He asked her, did she have a phone," the mother said. "He was smart enough to take the phone and ditch it and not use it. It's not like this was his first time."

Police released a sketch of the suspect that's similar to the sketch released just a week ago of a man police say sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl at gunpoint as she walked to school in Englewood.

The Guardian Angels took to the street Friday warning teens about this latest attack near 95th and Michigan.

"There is somebody preying on this community, someone who's out here raping and attacking women and they should be on guard and keep their eyes and eyes open," said Thomas Hunt of the Guardian Angels.

But teens say that with the growing awareness, there is growing fear.

"They don't even want to go to school anymore, they want to transfer," said student Kaneesha Davis. "They say, 'I don't want to be in this area,' but it's not this area. It's everywhere."

This mother of the latest victim said she tried to prepare her daughter for any and everything. Now she's focused on helping her recover.

"What I'm mostly worried about is ... is that she survives."

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