Cops Release Sketch of Man Wanted in Groping Incidents

Anyone with information on the attacks is asked to call Park Forest police at 708-748-1309

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    Police in Park Forest believe a series of groping incidents on young girl in recent weeks are related. Michelle Relerford reports. (Published Thursday, Apr 3, 2014)

    Authorities from the Cook County Sheriff's Office early Thursday morning released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with a series of groping incidents in the suburb of Park Forest, south of Chicago.

    The latest attack was Monday evening on a 15-year-old girl, authorities said.

    The Park Forest Police Department received a call at about 5:40 p.m. Monday about a man who ran up to the teen and fondled her before running off. The incident occurred in the area of Sangamon Street and Shabbona Drive in Park Forest, police said in a statement.

    The attacker was described as a black man between the ages of 25 and 30 years who stood about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He had a slim to medium build and facial hair. He was wearing a light blue baseball cap and grey sweatpants with a red stripe down the side, police said.

    The man may be also responsible for an attack on March 18 in which a high school-aged girl was walking through Winnebago Park when a man robbed her at knifepoint, then grabbed her over her bra, police said.

    In another incident on March 20, a high school-aged girl was confronted by a man near the intersection of Westgate Street and Westwood Drive -- fewer than two blocks from Winnebago Park. The man "felt her body over her clothing," police said at the time.

    Police said it was not clear whether the man responsible for Monday’s incident was the suspect in the earlier incidents, but did say victim descriptions matched.

    Anyone with information on the attacks is asked to call Park Forest police at 708-748-1309.