Friday, April 20, 2018

Lakeview: Woman Sexually Assaulted and Robbed In Apartment Vestibule

Police said the victim was followed into this apartment complex in the 3900 block of North Fremont. | Google
A 24-year-old Lakeview woman was followed into her apartment complex by a man who attacked her from behind, then sexually assaulted and robbed her Thursday evening. No one is in custody.

Police said the victim saw the offender standing outside of the courtyard building and he followed her in shortly before 9 p.m. The man grabbed her from behind with a chokehold as she entered the building's vestibule. There, the two fought for up to five minutes according to neighbors who heard the fight. Handprints and smears left during the struggle could be seen on the vestibule glass early Friday morning.

During the attack, the man sexually assaulted the woman with his hand before grabbing her purse and running from the scene, police said.

The offender is described as a black male in his 20’s who stands 6’2” tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing.

Police said the victim was transported to Thorek Hospital in good condition with injuries to her face and hands.

Last night's attack bore some similarities to an incident in Lincoln Park last week. Police have not yet determined if the cases are related.

In this image from surveillance video, the Lincoln Park attacker is seen walking from his double-parked SUV moments before a woman was battered and stabbed. | Chicago Police Department 
Around 10:50 p.m. last Wednesday, a man grabbed a 24-year-old DePaul student from behind in a chokehold as she walked in the 1200 block of West Webster. That victim was repeatedly stabbed in the upper body and hands before the man fled.

Police subsequently released a video that showed the Lincoln Park offender double-parking his car and then sitting on a landscaping fence to await his victim.
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