Woman attacked, sexually assaulted in lakefront tunnel, police say

This pedestrian tunnel connects the Lakefront Trail to Margate Park. | Google

A 35-year-old Uptown woman was attacked with a bottle and sexually assaulted as she walked through a pedestrian tunnel near the lakefront early Saturday, according to police.

The man reportedly approached the victim and grabbed a bottle from her hand as she walked through the tunnel east of Margate Park, 4921 North Marine Drive, around 12:15 a.m.

He then struck her in the head with the bottle and sexually assaulted her before she managed to fight him off, said Officer Michael Carroll, a CPD spokesperson. 

The offender fled the scene and remains at large, Carroll said. Meanwhile, the woman ran to her nearby apartment and called police.

An ambulance transported her to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where she is listed in fair condition with a head injury.

Police evidence technicians recovered a broken bottle near the tunnel. Area Three detectives are investigating.

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