Sexual Assault Rattles NW Side Neighborhood

The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male, standing 5-foot-6 and weighing 150 pounds

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    Police say man grabbed 18-year-old woman from behind, sexually assaulted her. (Published Friday, Apr 11, 2014)

    A woman was sexually assaulted Tuesday night in the Kelvin Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said.

    The 18-year-old was walking past the north alley in the 4600 block of West Montana Street around 9:30 p.m. when a man grabbed her from behind and covered her mouth with his hand, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

    The man then sexually assaulted her and fled east through the alley.

    The victim is about the same age as Yasmin Kapan, who says she always carries pepper spray. Now she's making sure her boyfriend is always close by.

    "You never know what is going to happen. It's scary," Kapan said.

    The attack happened in the same neighborhood where a 15-year-old high school student was brutally assaulted on her way to school in December. Police made an arrest in that case, and the alleged assailant remains in jail.

    Matthew Garcia is worried about his 70-year-old grandmother.

    "She does walk at around 8 o'clock to go to the store, so I'm concerned. I might come and stay with her for a couple weeks," Garcia said.

    The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, standing at 5-foot-6 and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black athletic jersey with red sleeves, jeans and gym shoes, according to the alert.

    Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8623.