Boystown: Man walking home is choked and robbed during attempted sexual assault early Tuesday

The victim was attacked just west of Halsted Street on Waveland Avenue | Google

Detectives are investigating after a 27-year-old man reported being robbed and choked by a man who tried sexually assault him as he walked home in Boystown early Tuesday morning, police said.

Police said the victim was walking in the 800 block of West Waveland around 2:10 a.m. when a stranger approached him and asked if he wanted to have sex. The victim declined and kept walking, but the offender pushed him down a stairwell and began choking him during an attempted sexual assault, police said.

According to police, the victim fought back and clawed at the offender’s face, foiling the rape attempt. The offender went through the victim’s pants pockets and took the victim’s phone before running away eastbound on Waveland.

Police responded after the man knocked on a nearby resident’s door and asked for help.

Nearly two hours after the attack, the victim’s stolen phone began pinging in the River North neighborhood and someone used it to dial the victim’s boyfriend, according to a police source.

Cops eventually took several people into custody at the Clark/Division Red Line station for questioning. Among those scooped up is a 23-year-old felon who frequents the Wrigleyville and Boystown neighborhoods. He is currently on parole after serving part of a four-year prison sentence for burglarizing a home near Wrigley Field.

So far, no charges have been filed against any of the persons who were taken in.

Police described the offender as a black man who’s between 30- and 35-years-old. He stands 6-feet to 6’2” tall, weighs 150 to 160 pounds, and has a dark complexion. He was wearing a blue baseball hat backward, a blue t-shirt, and shorts, according to the victim. The offender may have scratches on his face.

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