Woman sexually assaulted inside Rogers Park apartment laundry room

Chicago police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman inside an apartment building in Rogers Park.

It happened Wednesday night in the 1200 block of West North Shore Avenue.

A 24-year-old woman was in the building’s laundry room when a man came up behind her, covered her eyes and stole her keys and phone.

She fought back, but the man hit her head against a beam and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was only able to give police a vague description of the attacker.

Police put out a community alert and intensify the search for the suspect. There are serious allegations of lax security and city code violations in the apartment building where the sexual assault took place.

“I’m angry about this because something like this should never happen”

The victim’s best friend and roommate says it’s an outrage.  How anyone off the street can walk through the security gate, a gate that she says hasn’t worked since they moved in last summer and what appears to be poorly maintained and even broken windows—which were discovered Thursday afternoon by a visibly unhappy 49th Ward Alderman, Joe Moore.

Alderman Moore said “For it not to be secure is not a good example of good management.”

“It’s a really sketchy place. There’s a single light bulb hanging, right where you do your laundry and the whole empty storage space is completely dark.  If you go down there you can’t see most of the room down there.”

While inspecting the building this afternoon, Alderman Moore made another discovery. “Ahh! Here we go.  Look at this! Wide open.  Anyone can come in. A clear violation of city code.”

Moore says city inspectors are on the way. And he expects them to issue citations against the building owner and manager.

Late Thursday, forensic investigators collected more evidence.  Police are worried about the brazenness of the attack, which took place during a busy hour when people are home from work and school.

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4 comments

  • CHICAGO (CBS)

    The attacker was described as a black male, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-2. He was wearing tan boots, blue jeans and a black jacket with black and white wrist cuffs.

  • josh

    Thanks chicago (cbs)! Apparently wgn doesn't want rapist getting caught so they dont advertise descriptions of assailants! Great news work wgn way to help the citizens of chicago and not the criminals!

  • Scott P

    In a previous news piece, Joe Moore, Alderman of Chicago's 49th Ward reportedly had been aware of this building's code violations and security shortcomings for quite some time.

    DNA Info Chicago reported: "Immediately after the attack, tenants and Ald. Joe Moore (49th) said they felt the building 'wasn't secure' and hasn't been for some time."

    Now we're supposed to applaud his too-little-too-late actions?

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