|The suspect rides a silver-colored BMX-style bike, police said.|
Detectives are warning women in Lincoln Square and Ravenswood about three recent criminal sexual abuse cases that involve a man on a bike. CWBChicago first reported on the incidents Thursday night.
In an alert issued Friday evening, police confirm that three separate women were targeted while they walked with children or alone on Thursday morning. The man rode up behind the women on a bike and touched them inappropriately as he passed.
Detectives provided detailed information about each attack:
• At 10:30 a.m., a 41-year-old woman was walking on the 4400 block of North Ravenswood when she was approached from behind. The offender used his hands to inappropriately touched the victim. The woman confronted the man and chased him northbound on Ravenswood.
• At 10:45 a.m., a 31-year-old woman was pushing her child in a stroller when an offender approached her from behind in the 4600 block of North Campbell. Again, the man inappropriately touched the woman who confronted and chased him eastbound in an alley, police said. The offender was on a silver BMX-style bike, according to the alert.
• At 10:57 a.m., an 18-year-old woman was walking with a child in a stroller on the 2300 block of West Sunnyside when the man touched her from behind. The offender “casually continued riding westbound on Sunnyside,” the alert says.
Police say the offender is a 25- to 40-year-old white or Hispanic man. He was wearing a dark baseball cap with a black & gray striped style sweater and blue jeans.
The alert encourages residents to call 911 to report any suspicious activity and urges anyone with information about the incidents to call detectives at 312-744-8200.