Richard Ray

Attacker Charged Victim Before She Set Off Car Alarm to Escape: Cops

Police are searching for a man they say tackled a female victim in the south suburbs and attempted to sexually assault her before she managed to get the attention of a neighbor by setting her car alarm off.

The attack occurred Sunday night in the 7800 block of Laporte Avenue in Burbank about 11:15 p.m., police said.

The victim first noticed her attacker walking down the street, but then saw him running toward her which caused her to flee in the opposite direction, according to Burbank police. The attacker tackled her from behind and tried to sexually assault her, police said. The victim began yelling and tried to fend off the attacker. She eventually grabbed her key fob and activated her car alarm, police said. The noise woke a nearby neighbor who came to her aid, police said. The alleged attacker ran north toward 78th Street through an opening in the fence near a business to the east, police said.

The woman was taken to the hospital and later released. Police were unableto find the man she said attacked her.

Police said the woman described her attacker as a black man with short or shaved hair between 20 and 25 years old, between 5’05’’ and 5’07’’, 130 to 150 lbs. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, gym shorts with a gray stripe and might have had a backpack.

Police ask if anyone has information on the attack to call the Burbank Police Investigative Unit at 708-924-7300.

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