UPDATE Dec. 16, 2019, 8 p.m. — Chicago police have questioned and released the man seen in the images. CPD says the girl’s allegations are “unfounded.”
We have good news.
Twelve hours after CWBChicago questioned a police department decision to not release CTA surveillance images of a man who allegedly restrained a girl against her will and touched her inappropriately on a Brown Line train in Lakeview on Saturday, the department changed its mind.
Just after 8 p.m. Sunday night, CPD distributed an “updated” community alert about the incident to media outlets. What were the updates? A set of six crystal-clear surveillance photos of the suspect taken by CTA cameras at the Belmont station.
The images show the man is wearing a North Face-brand jacket, which differs from written descriptive information provided by police in both the original and “updated” alerts. The alerts have said the man’s jacket “the logo CHAMPION on the front.”
Police previously said the man approached the 16-year-old girl on the station’s southbound platform and asked for her phone number around 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
The girl, described as a “student” in the alert, then boarded a Brown Line train and noticed the same man was in her rail car, staring at her.
He sat next to the girl, put his arm around her lower waist, and inappropriately touched her while holding her against her will, investigators said in the alert.
Another CTA passenger intervened in the assault, which allowed the girl to escape from the man’s grasp, the alert continued.
Police said the offender exited the train when it arrived at the Quincy station.
Anyone with information about the offender can contact Area Central detectives at 312-744-8261 regarding case number JC-546550.