Woman Attacked On Lakefront: ‘I Just Jumped Into Action,’ Fought Back

CHICAGO (CBS) — The woman jogger who was attacked last week on the lakefront in broad daylight says her strenuous efforts to fight back probably saved her from being sexually assaulted.

The 30-year-old woman – who asked that CBS 2 not reveal her identity – says she was running along the bike path at 35th and the lakefront around 2 p.m. Friday when she stopped near the basketball court to catch her breath. 

“I thought this was just a young man playing basketball,” she told reporter Suzanne Le Mignot on Thursday. “I mean, I let my guard down by turning my back to the basketball court. He literally attacked me in like five seconds.”

The next thing she knew, the man started choking her and put her in what she calls a sleeper hold.

“I think I blacked out, because the next thing I remember I was being dragged by my wrists,” toward the lake, she recalls.

“Then I came back, had a sudden burst of adrenalin, twisted my body over, and we were looking at each other.  We were tussling and tussling.”

When he grabbed her again, the woman said she got loose and ran to Lake Shore Drive.

The woman says her first instinct was to fight back. Her natural athletic ability and strength probably saved her, she says.

“I’m definitely blessed.  I don’t know what came over me and I just jumped into action,” she says. “I think he was trying to sexually assault me because he was dragging me.”

Her attacker ended up with a lot of scratches on his forearms, she says.

She describes her attacker as an African-American man of about 20 years of age. He had a dark complexion and was wearing baby blue boxer shorts with blue jeans.

Her advice to other women is to take a self-defense class.

  • Patrick O

    Take karate or get a gun with a concealed carry permit.

  • mertz004

    In broad daylight, it’s a shame you can’t turn your back on anyone. Where are those 1,000 police officers our new mayor promised in his campaign ads?? In four years if he decides to run again, Chicago will probably be called Gary West! Get out of this city while you still can.

  • KJ

    Wow! You go girl! Way to fight back. Women should be prepared to defend themselves.

  • Arjay

    My advice would be,”don’t jog along the lakefront at 35th unless you’re carrying a weapon.” Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise for the assailant?

  • Leroy

    We seem to have a problem with black men attacking prople.

    • Reese

      Isn’t that what’s being called the black homie problem? Maybe profiling will help. Whatever it takes.

  • Chuck D.

    Oh, THAT Lake Shore Drive. Guess the CPD sent the extra 400 cops to the wrong lake.

  • Mr. Justice

    We don’t need that many more cops. What we need is Conceal Carry here in the communist state of Illinois. The Aldermen can all carry handguns, why can’t the “regular” citizen of Illinois or Chicago carry handguns?

  • Right

    Low life negro

  • Leroy Goldberg

    “She describes her attacker as an African-American man “……………………….
    @TOO SAD

    Why don’t you both choke on that.

  • Legato

    A Faye Valentine is needed to jog at that area. Bang!!

  • Citizen for a Liable Chicago

    The thugs feel that they can attack anyone and get away with it. All they have to do is pull the race card when the police show up and they are treated with kid gloves through the criminal court system. The liberals come to their aid and they are back out on the street ready to attack again. Does not matter what race the victim is, the police are made out all the time as the bad guys and the media puts it on for the entertainment value.Everyone is working in different directions to solve the problem and nothing gets done.

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