Woman sexually assaulted in Lakeview East, police say

A woman was sexually assaulted early Monday by a man who approached her as she walked in the Lakeview East neighborhood, police said. The victim, age 22, was walking in the 600 block of West Wellington when the offender struck up a conversation between 2:30 and 3 a.m., according to a community alert from Area Three detectives.

Police said the man took the woman into a “dirt lot” and sexually assaulted her. The woman fought with the man, who reportedly ran westbound on Wellington.

An ambulance transported the woman to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment. In addition to being sexually assaulted, the woman had injuries to her eye, according to a CPD report.

Police said the suspect is a Black male in his 20’s who stands 5’6″ to 5’7″ tall and weighs 160 to 170 pounds. He has short black hair and was wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information about the attack can contact detectives at 312-744-8200 about case #JE-265129.

Monday’s attack is similar in some ways to a May 17 sexual assault in Ravenswood. In that case, an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted after a man lured her into a construction site as she walked in the 4800 block of North Ravenswood between 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to police.

But the suspect description in the earlier case is much different: a Black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks who’s about 27-years-old, 6’3” tall, and 190 pounds. He was wearing a red t-shirt, black pants, and a black paisley bandana as a facemask. He also carried a black duffle bag across his body, police said.

Area Three detectives are also investigating the May attack, which is recorded under case #JE-233594.

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