Girl, 12, sexually assaulted in Back of the Yards

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CHICAGO – Chicago police put out a community alert asking for information while they investigate a reported sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The girl was walking in the 5000 block of South May around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday when a man approached, struck her and forced her into a gray conversion van. He then sexually assaulted her, police said.

Police said the victim escaped from the vehicle and notified authorities.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man in his mid 30s to early 40s with a light complexion weighing 150 to 180 pounds.

“That's surprising to me, actually very surprising. You hear more of the bang, bang shoot stuff, not people getting raped,” Kimberly Hollinquest, a neighbor, said.

Frank Johnson has lived on this block for nearly 40 years. He said things have changed.

“The only thing I can say, keep your eyes on your children. And know who they're with,” Johnson said.

The advice from police is to make sure your children walk with a friend or in a group.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.