Police were on the hunt after a teenage girl on a bike was stabbed in a DuPage County forest preserve on Tuesday night.
The 16-year-old victim was stabbed around 5 p.m. in suburban Winfield, authorities said. She was rushed to an area hospital and the suspect was still on the loose Tuesday night, authorities said.
"It was an altercation. The victim sustained some superficial cuts to her and also some self defend wounds," forest preserve spokesman Tony Martinez said. “(She was cut) with a knife or a box cutter and that’s how she sustained some superficial scratches on her."
After struggling to free herself, investigators said the victim told them the attacker ran and she called 911.
“We closed the preserve canvassed the area to look for the subject and we weren’t able to find anything at this moment," Martinez said.
The alleged attacker was described as a white man in his 40s with medium length hair, thin build, a 5 o'clock shadow and wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.
Chief David Pederson of the DuPage County Forest Preserve Police said the attack is unusual for the area.
“It’s very rare that we have an assault upon a person or injuries so it’s a very uncommon occurrence," he said.
The girl was expected to be treated and released and patrols will be beefed up in the area, police said.