Witnesses Chase Man After He Assaulted Woman: Cops

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011  |  Updated 1:24 PM CDT
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Witnesses Chase Man After He Assaulted Woman: Cops

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Police are hoping a cell phone dropped after an armed robbery and sexual assault leads them to their man.

A 37-year-old woman was attacked Wednesday evening as she walked to her home on the 2900 block of West Belden Avenue, in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, when she was pushed into a gangway at gunpoint and sexually assaulted, police said.

The woman screamed for help, getting the attention of two men who came to her defense. Police said those men chased the rapist until he turned the gun on them and ran away.

The incident prompted police on Thursday to issue a community alert about the attack.

"Them reacting the way they did is outstanding. It scared him away, even though he was armed, he still fled the scene, which is great, because we don't know what could have happened if they were not there," said Sgt. Thomas Mills.

The woman's cell phone was recovered and may have the attacker's fingerprints on it.

The attacker was described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 17 and 20 years old who stands about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He has a dark complexion, a faded haircut and shrugged shoulders. He was wearing a white and orange checkered shirt and tan cargo shorts, authorities said.

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