Police warn of attempted sexual assault in Wrigleyville

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CHICAGO – Chicago police are warning residents in Wrigleyville that a man attempted to rape a young woman in an alley early Sunday morning.

Police say a 26-year-old woman was walking east on Cornelia Ave. near the Addison El stop around 1 a.m. Sunday when she was grabbed from behind and shoved into an alley. Police say she was pushed up against a garbage can by a man who took her money, removed some of her clothes and began to sexually assault her, but ran away when neighbors showed up.

“I’m just grateful that some neighbor heard the commotion, made the call," community activist Andrew Holmes said Sunday.

Holmes walked through Wrigleyville to warn residents of the attack Sunday.

"It’s sad, it’s upsetting and it’s a little scary to be honest with you,” said neighbor Austin Schlosser.

"It’s upsetting to know it happened right down the street from me. It makes me scared for other women in my area – and it reminds me to be more on alert," neighbor Emily Gavin said.

Neighbor Robert Lock says the crime is even more surprising given the proximity to the District 19 police station.

"It’s just like an area where you just don’t expect something like that to happen, and... the police are just down the alley,” Lock said.

Police detectives were interviewing witnesses as Holmes continued to notify neighbors out in the winter weather Sunday. Police hope one of the buildings nearby where the assault happened has surveillance video, and may have caught the suspect on camera as he was running away.

The offender is described as a black male 23 to 29 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build, medium brown complexion and possibly a thin mustache. Police said he was wearing baggy jeans and a red jacket with a white stripe. The jacket possibly had a white star on the jacket.

As of Sunday evening, no one has been arrested. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 312-744-8200.

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