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Police Seek New Year’s ‘L’ Train Molester

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A sketch of the man who molested a woman on an ‘L’ train New Year’s morning. (Credit: Chicago Police)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman and molested her at the busy the Fullerton ‘L’ stop on New Year’s morning.

At 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1, the woman and her boyfriend were in the process of exiting a Red Line train at the Fullerton stop near DePaul University, when the suspect reached under her skirt and molested her, police said. The victim’s boyfriend witnessed the incident and confronted the offender.

The woman and her boyfriend got off the train to report the incident, while the molester stayed on the train, police said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man between the ages of 25 and 30, who is 5-foot-8, and 180 pounds. He has a medium complexion, brown eyes, short black hair and he was last seen wearing a gray jacket with an attached hood, the release said.

Serious crime was also seen elsewhere the Lincoln Park neighborhood on New Year’s morning. Just a few blocks from the Fullerton ‘L’ stop around the same time, a man and woman were brutally beaten by another assailant as they exited a cab.

The man and woman were getting out of the taxi in the 2500 block of North Halsted Street in the early morning hours Jan. 1, when a man they didn’t know tried to engage them in conversation, police said.

Moments later, without provocation, the strange man hit the woman. She fell to the ground, and suffered serious injuries to the areas around her mouth and jaw. The assailant also beat the man and the cab driver.

Police continue to search for the assailant in that incident, who was last seen running west on Wrightwood Avenue.

The attacker in the Halsted Street incident is described as an African-American male, between the ages of 30 and 35, standing 6 feet 2 to 6 feet 5 inches tall, clean shaven, with short black hair and a medium complexion. Police have also released a sketch of the assailant.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.