Chicago man arrested after passerby helps stop attempted sexual assault on Northwestern campus


EVANSTON, Ill. — A passerby helped stop an attempted sexual assault Wednesday morning on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

The incident happened at around 6:30 a.m. in the area of Clark Street and Orrington Avenue. A student was pushed to the ground by an unknown suspect. Campus police said the student was approached from behind and attempted to pull the student’s pants down.

A passerby intervened to help stop the attack, police said.

The suspect, later identified as Devonte Huggins, 20, of Chicago, left the area by proceeding east on Clark Street and then north on Chicago Avenue toward campus.

Huggins was located in Glencoe and taken into custody. He has been charged attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery in the public way.

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