String of Gropings Reported Near Loyola University Campus

Police have released community alerts on multiple attacks against women around Loyola University’s campus—four of them in September alone—including two on the same street.

Tatjana Williams-Jones, 19, said she was attacked walking home from the library before 1 a.m. on Sept. 7 on the 6300 block of North Winthrop.

“Somebody came up behind me on a bicycle and started groping me,” she said.

Williams-Jones said she fought the attacker off and that he looked a little older than her.

“He looked Middle Eastern, he had a very heavy Arabic accent, I’m guessing, and so he was like ‘it’s different in my country, you can do this,’” she said. “I was so in shock I didn’t know what to do so I just grabbed and tried to like throw him to the ground.”

Police released a community alert Monday night with information on three separate attacks on women in the Loyola area in the past two weeks.

The alert details four different gropings near the university’s campus reported to police by three students and a faculty member between Sept. 6 and 18. In three of the reports the individual is reportedly riding a bicycle when they victims are accosted.

According to the community alert, the man is described as either Hispanic or Middle Eastern, in his 20s with dark skin, dark wavy hair and often on a mountain bike.

Loyola and Chicago police say if you live or go to school in that area you should not use headphones if walking alone. They also say, if you are attacked, try and remember any details about the attacker and call police immediately.

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