UPDATE: DuPage County officials announced Wednesday that a teenage girl’s claim she was attacked at a suburban forest preserve are unfounded.
Authorities said in a statement the attack was “deemed as a hoax.”
DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. — A teenage girl was hospitalized Tuesday after she was attacked while walking in a suburban forest preserve.
Officials said the 16-year-old girl was walking in the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve in DuPage County around 5 p.m.
Officials said she was attacked, unprovoked, by a man with a sharp object, possibly a knife or a box cutter.
She was able to fend off her attacker, and he ran away. She then called 911.
Officials said the girl suffered superficial cuts and was hospitalized. She is expected to be released.