Police on Tuesday issued a community alert after a woman said she was attacked near the Chicago Transit Authority's California-O'Hare stop on the Blue Line in the city's Logan Square neighborhood.
The incident spread on social media after the 25-year-old victim posted an item on Reddit.com saying she was being followed by a "normal looking guy" while walking on Lyndale between Sacramento and California.
She says the man asked her for directions, thanked her, but kept following her. The man grabbed the victim, pulled up her dress and put his hand in her underwear, trying to force her to the ground. She says the man ran away when she started yelling.
All of the women in the neighborhood who spoke to NBC Chicago on Tuesday said they'd heard about the incident and weren't taking it lightly.
"Time to buy some pepper spray," Alla Alperovich said. "We joked around about it, but now we're gonna go to Walgreens and actually get some."
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 18 and 25 years. He stood about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, was thin, and had a dark olive complexion and a bowl cut hairstyle. He was wearing a navy blue T-shirt and jeans.
"I was shocked. That's not something that's common in this area," Leticia Murray said. "I think she reacted as any woman would. That did quite a bit to scare him off."