Man tried to sexually assault woman inside Roscoe Village business, police say; suspect also seen at nearby playground

Police are looking for a man who exposed himself and tried to sexually assault a woman inside a North Side business on Tuesday evening.

Investigators believe the man also asked women to perform sexual acts on the playground at Audubon School, 3500 North Hoyne, shortly after the attack.

Around 8:08 p.m., the man entered a nearby business and exposed himself to a 69-year-old female employee, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. He reportedly pushed the woman into a bathroom but ran away when she screamed.

He returned a few minutes later and tried to grab the woman again, Bartoli said. The woman again screamed for help and he ran away. People began calling 911 from the school playground a short time later.

Bartoli said the suspect is a Hispanic with a ponytail who’s between 25- and 40-years-old, and about 6-feet tall. Witnesses at the playground said he was wearing khaki shorts and a dark shirt.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

CWBChicago is withholding specific information about the business’ location to protect the victim’s identity.

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