BOYSTOWN SEX ATTACK: Victim Grabbed, Pulled Into Alley

A man was dragged into the alley at left and sexually attacked this morning. Hydrate Nightclub’s blue awning can be seen on Halsted Street in the background. Image: Google

28 June 2013
12:15 AM
Chicago Police Department Case #HW338524

A man walking down a Boystown sidewalk was grabbed, pulled into an alleyway, and sexually attacked a few minutes after midnight today. The shocking attack took place just a half block east of the Halsted Strip, between two residences at 727 W. Cornelia Avenue. The highly emotional victim described his attacker as a male, black, in his late 30’s, 5’9” tall, 180 pounds, with black and gray hair, wearing black jeans and a backwards baseball cap.

As background, “rape” is not the name of a crime in Illinois. The state classifies crimes commonly known as rape–forced sexual penetration, penetration in which the other party is not capable of giving legal consent, etc–as criminal sexual assault.

The location of this morning’s attack.

UPDATED 5 JULY 2013: Added case number. Added Illinois law information.

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