Woman sexually assaulted and robbed near Lincoln Park Zoo, police say

A woman reported being sexually assaulted and robbed by a knife-wielding man near Lincoln Park Zoo on Tuesday, according to Chicago police.

The woman, age 25, said she was walking around 4 a.m. when a man pushed a knife into her back and told her to keep walking, according to CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli.

When they arrived on the 1700 block of North Cannon, the man ordered her to take off her pants and then sexually assaulted her, Bartoli said. He then took the woman’s money and fled northbound.

The woman walked to a 24-hour service station near LaSalle and Clark to get help after the attack. Police searched the area for the suspect, but he was not found.

Officers transported the woman to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Police said the attacker is male, Black, 35- to 40-years-old, 6-feet to 6’2” tall, and about 200-220 pounds. He has short hair and was wearing a gray shirt with dark blue shorts, according to CPD.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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