A pregnant Chicago State University student told authorities she was attacked and forced into the trunk of her car on Wednesday afternoon in Chicago's south side Roseland neighborhood.
The 24-year-old criminal justice student was parked on the 9800 block of South Indiana Avenue and was trying to load something into her trunk when a man approached with a knife and ordered her into her car, the woman's father, Robert Perkins, told NBC Chicago. The attacker drove to an alley and sexually assaulted her before forcing her into the trunk of her car.
"She was in the trunk and she said the first thing that popped in her head was [me telling her about the] trunk release," Perkins explained. "And she looked up and saw the trunk release and that's how she was able to get out.'
The victim, who is four months pregnant, was eventually able to pop the latch to the trunk and a neighbor spotted her trying to get out of the trunk. The neighbor then called authorities, who were still searching for the attacker on Thursday morning.
"The trunk popped open and the young lady was screaming 'Help me," said witness George Simpson.
Perkins said his daughter was able to provide a good description of the attacker.
In a statement, a Chicago State University official said the administration was "saddened" by news of the attack and that their "collective hearts go out to the victim."
Thomas Wogan said the university has offered counseling and support services to the victim and her family and was working with campus and city police to help bring the attacker to justice.
In a release, the Chicago Police Department described the attacker as a dark-complected black man between the ages of 18 and 22 years. He stood between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed between 150 and 200 pounds. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a navy blue windbreaker, a plaid button-type shirt and grey washed denim jeans.
Anyone with information should call police at 312-747-8271.