Chicago police are looking for a man who who broke into a woman's home, beat and sexually assaulted her in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood Saturday morning.
"We've never had no problem like this before," said neighbor David King, who lives in the tight-knit block of Archer Heights on Chicago's Southwest Side, where the attack happened.
The offender forced his way into the home of a 46-year-old woman around 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 4500 block of South LaCrosse Avenue, according to a community alert issued by police.
NBC 5 reporter Christian Farr spoke to the victim, who asked to remain anonymous.
The woman says someone has been knocking on her window over the past month. Early Saturday morning, when someone knocked on her door, she opened it armed with a metal curtain rod in her hand. A man pushed the door open and then attacked her.
During the attack, the single mother says she fought back, biting the man on the hand and arm. She says he also bit her and punched her several times.
A neighbor who heard her screams called 911. When police arrived, they were directed to the wrong house, giving the attacker time to get away. Police have not made an arrest.
"I wonder why would somebody want to do that to her?" neighbor Roderick Little asked. "I hope police get that person."
The alert describes the offender as a black male between the ages of 20 to 30, about 5-foot-7-inches to 5-foot-10-inches tall, with a medium complexion and possibly bald.
He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt under a beige sweater, black pants and a black baseball-type hat, the alert said.
He was also said to be wearing a large beige and white watch on his right wrist, according to the alert.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Area Central Detective Division at (312) 747-8380.