Chicago police officers and members of the Guardian Angels were working side-by-side Wednesday morning to disseminate information in hopes of ultimately catching whoever attacked and beat a 15-year-old girl a day earlier.
"It's our hope that someone saw something that didn't look right and remembers what had happened or what they saw and we're asking the public to call us," said Sgt. John Roberts.
The girl remained at Mount Sinai Hospital with serious head injuries. She was found by a neighbor at about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday lying bloody and battered in front of a home on the 2400 block of North Long Avenue in the city's Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.
"Bottom line is we need this guy off the street. .. This guy needs to be caught and locked up right now," said Miguel Fuentes with the Guardian Angels.
The organization was handing out information to residents in the area. Fuentes said that people who aren't comfortable speaking with the police can contact the Guardian Angels and that information will be passed along.
"This person, he lives somewhere. People know him," said Fuentes. "Maybe [someone] saw somebody yesterday coming home with blood on his gym shoes, blood on their gloves, blood on their pants. .. Just call the police or call the Guardian Angels and let the police follow up."
The young girl is an honor student at a nearby charter school. Although she doesn't attend a Chicago public school, the incident happened just four houses away from a Safe Passage route.