Woman speaks out after fighting off attacker

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Police are searching for a sexual predator Monday night while warning Southwest Side residents that they need to be better about closing up their homes in the evening.

The women that were jumped early Sunday morning in their own homes were lucky. Their attacker failed, running off before he could commit a crime against them.

But he didn’t escape without a struggle.

Sada Ibrahim, 22, was almost asleep Sunday at about 4 a.m. when she thought she heard her boyfriend rattling a prescription bottle next to the bed. When she looked again, it was an intruder wearing dark pants and a bloody shirt with no shoes. They live in the 7000 block of South Talman.

“He jumped on top of me, put his hands around my neck and told me to shut and turn around. But I didn’t. I punched him as hard as I can,” Ibrahim said.

Then her boyfriend Adib Abdullah chimed in. He was brushing his teeth at the time just feet away when suddenly they both were fighting a strange man in their bedroom.

“I just heard her screaming,” he said. “I lost it and blacked out and just started swinging.”

Police believe the same man may have attacked another woman just a few blocks away only 30 minutes earlier in the 6800 block of south Washtenaw. He was unsuccessful there, too.

Each time, the man — described as African American 19 to25 years of age and between 150 and 190 pounds — snuck in through an open window. The warm weather leaving residents everywhere inclined to take the risk after a long cold winter.

Sada says it’s not worth it: “Don’t give any one an opportunity to get into your home. Close those windows, lock your doors.”

Police are advising residents to report suspicious behavior and keep their windows locked at night.

But he didn’t escape without a struggle.

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