Aurora woman robbed at gunpoint then sexually assaulted, police say

AURORA, Ill. -- Police are searching for a man they said sexually assaulted and robbed a woman at gunpoint on Saturday.

Police said a 38-year-old woman was walking in an alley in the 400 block of Marion Avenue in Aurora, Ill., when she was approached by a man armed with a handgun who demanded her valuables. Police said she handed over cash and then he sexually assaulted her between two garages in the alley. He then told her to leave the area, police said.

Police describe the suspect as a black male in his late teens, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighting about 160 pounds with a short afro and no facial hair. He was wearing dark clothing.

The woman was treated at an Aurora hospital.

Aurora police said it is extremely rare for someone in the town to be sexually assaulted by a stranger, but neighbors said it may be time to move out.

Neighbors said there have been several robberies and burglaries in the area, but nothing like this. Michael Andrews said someone beat him up when he wouldn’t hand over his bike.

“I had seven stitches in this eye, four in this one, my nose broke and I had a concussion and I was in the hospital for three days,” Andrews said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora Police Investigations at 630-256-5500 or call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-100. People can also submit tips using the "My PD" app. Police said calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and any information that leads to an arrest qualifies for a cash reward of up to $5,000.