Women report assaults


The Chicago Police Department Area North Bureau of Detectives has issued a community alert after reports of women being sexually assaulted in the 16th (Jefferson Park) Police district.

A 43-year-old woman reported that she was sexually assaulted at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, in the 5300 block of North Elston Avenue, according to police. The woman reported that as she was walking to her vehicle, a man attempted to engage her in conversation and touched her chest and genitals over her clothing as she entered her car, police said.

A 35-year-old woman reported that a man assaulted her at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the 5200 block of North Laramie Avenue, according to police. The woman reported that a man talked to her, slapped her buttocks and exposed his penis, police said.

A 17-year-old teenager reported that a man assaulted her at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the 6100 block of West Waveland Avenue, according to police. The teen reported that a man approached her from behind and touched her buttocks and chest.

The man was described as Asian or white/Hispanic, age 17 to 25, 5-1 to 5-5 and 120 to 140 pounds, with short black hair.

The bureau is advising residents to pay special attention to people loitering in the area and to report them to the police and to remember any unique descriptive characteristics of offenders.

The bureau said that residents never should pursue a fleeing assailant and that they should walk in pairs if possible.

Residents with information about the incidents are asked to call Area North detectives at 312-744-8261.