Woman Sexually Assaulted at Palatine Park, Police Search for Suspect

Police are looking for a suspect wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Palatine over the weekend.

The woman was running on an outdoor track about 9:20 p.m. Saturday at the Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road, when a man assaulted her, according to a statement from Palatine police. She was able to fight the suspect off and he rode away on a black bicycle. 

The victim was taken to Northwest Community Hospital, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said. 

Residents reported hearing a woman scream at the time of the alleged attack. 

"It was pretty violent," said Linda McCarty, who lives near the park. "At first, I heard this scream. Sounded like a young girl."

The suspect is described as a man between the ages 35 and 40, between 5 feet and 5-foot-2 and weighing 140 pounds, according to police. 

Authorities released photos of the suspect and are asking anyone with information to contact the Palatine Police Department at 847-359-9000 or Palatine/Inverness Crime Stoppers at 847-590-7867.

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