Woman Dragged From Chicago Bus Stop, Assaulted: Cops

Suspect sexually assaulted woman in nearby park, police said

By Lauren Petty
|  Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012  |  Updated 7:33 AM CDT
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Woman Dragged From Bus Stop, Assaulted: Cops

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Chicago Police are searching for a man with a black, low-cut mohawk who dragged a woman from a South Side bus stop last weekend and assaulted her in a nearby park.

Police said the man approached a 33-year-old woman from behind between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday while she waited for the bus at East 95th Street and South Michigan Avenue. He pulled her into Abbott Park where he sexually assaulted her.

Police released a sketch the man, who is described as a black man between 24 and 33 years old standing 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5 and weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt and dark blue jeans.

The Guardian Angels were in the area Wednesday warning women about the incident, handing out fliers and escorting people to the nearby Red Line.

"Most importantly pay close attention to your surroundings, try to travel with a family member or close friend," said Thomas Hunt, a member of the Guardian Angels. "If you happen to be assaulted, get the best possible description, license plate number or something and call police."

Women in the area said it comes as a shock that an assault would happen in such a busy area.

"It's actually a surprise to me," said Cynthia Stockdale, who often boards the bus at the same location. "I just really can't believe it. I could've been a victim."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Area South detectives at 312-747-8271.

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