COPS: Man Robs, Tries To Sexually Assault Woman In Wrigleyville Alley

Approximate location of Saturday’s attack

UPDATE 9:55AM FEBRUARY 4—Police have just issued an updated and more detailed community alert. Info HERE. Our original report based on the earlier police warning follows.
A woman was pushed into a Wrigleyville alley by a man who robbed and tried to rape her early Saturday morning, police said. The sexual assault attempt ended when neighbors appeared, according to a news release issued late Saturday.

The report came hours after a woman reported being pushed into a gangway by a man in Lincoln Park, but police have not said that the incidents are connected.

Around 1:10 a.m. on Saturday, the 26-year-old victim was walking eastbound on Cornelia near Sheffield when the man grabbed her from behind and pushed her into an alley near the Red Line tracks. The man demanded money and then began removing the woman’s clothing, police said.

He stopped the sexual assault and ran when residents showed up on-scene, according to the police alert.

The woman reported the crime to police on Saturday afternoon, according to police records. Office of Emergency Management and Communications records show that no 911 calls had been received about the attack.

Police said the offender is a black man between 23- and 29-years-old who stands about 5’10” tall. He’s thin and may have a thin mustache. The victim said he was wearing a red jacket with a white stripe or star with baggy jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Area North investigators at (312) 744-8200.

Lincoln Park Incident

Police have not yet connected the Wrigleyville incident with an attack on a woman that was reported in Lincoln Park on Friday morning.

Around 9:10 a.m., a woman was walking in the 1500 block of West Fullerton when a man grabbed her by the scarf and jacket and tried to drag her into a gangway. The man reportedly ordered her to “come here!”

The woman was able to break away and the offender fled into a nearby alley. His motive is not known. Police classified the case as a simple battery.

According to the woman, her attacker was a black man between 18- and 25-years-old with an average build, a black knit cap, dark pants, and a gold jacket.

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