Sexual assault reported near Adler Planetarium overnight, suspect detained

Police came upon the scene near the Adler Planetarium. | Google

UPDATE SEPT. 1 — The man who was taken into custody has been released without being charged. Investigators continue to work the case, police said.
Detectives were investigating a reported sexual assault on the lakefront downtown overnight. A possible offender is in custody, police said.

Officers came upon a distraught 34-year-old woman as they patrolled the 500 block of East Solidarity Drive near the Adler Planetarium just after midnight.

The woman’s boyfriend told police that he had walked away from his girlfriend after they became involved in an argument. When he returned, the boyfriend reportedly saw the woman and another man walking out from behind some bushes.

Police said the boyfriend and the other man began to fight as officers arrived. During questioning at the scene, the boyfriend reported that the other man had sexually assaulted his girlfriend. Officers placed the second man into custody.

The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

A police department source said she showed physical signs consistent with a sexual assault. However, in a media statement released at 3 a.m., the police department said “the victim has not provided any information to police at this time.”

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