Man Tried Assaulting 2 Women on Northwest Side: Cops

The attacks happened within about 20 minutes of each other Wednesday morning, police said

By Michelle Relerford
|  Thursday, Jul 12, 2012  |  Updated 7:39 AM CDT
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Man Tries Assaulting 2 Women at Knifepoint

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Chicago Police are searching for a man they said tried sexually assaulting two women blocks apart on the Northwest Side.

The attacks happened within about 20 minutes of each other in the 1900 block of North Drake Avenue and  the 1700 block of North Humboldt Boulevard, police said. In both cases the man ran off when the women screamed for help.

In the first incident a 29-year-old woman was walking home around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on North Humboldt Boulevard when a man approached her with a knife and demanded money. He then forced her into the entryway of her building and tried to sexually assault her.

Less than 30 minutes later a woman found a man inside her kitchen on North Drake Avenue. The suspect also had a knife and tried to sexually assault her.

Police believe the same man was involved in each attack. Both women described their attacker as a black man between 23 and 28 years old with dreadlocks standing 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-3 and weighing about 170-180 pounds. He has a tattoo of a teardrop below his right eye and was wearing a shirt  with horizontal multicolored stripes.

Anyone with information about the attacks is urged to call Chicago Police.

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