CHICAGO (STMW) – A 16-year-old girl was able to escape a brutal sexual assault attempt in the Northwest Side Belmont Cragin neighborhood Monday afternoon even after the man slammed her head repeatedly into a building and punched her in the face.

The attempted criminal sexual assault happened about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2400 block of North Lavergne Avenue, a community alert issued by Grand Central Area detectives said.

A 16-year-old girl was walking south when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her by the hair and pushed her into an alley. He then slammed her forehead into a building several times and punched her in the face.

He then knocked her to the ground and attempted to remove her clothes.

She was able to get away by kicking him, the alert said.

The offender is white, between 30 and 35, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 with a medium build and brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and black gym shoes, the alert said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (312) 746-8282.

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