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RIVERSIDE, Ill. (CBS) – A sexual assault less than a block from the Metra train station in Riverside last week has left neighbors feeling on-edge.

On Sunday, about 10 residents joined community organizer Raul Montes Jr., near the scene of the crime, to pray for the victim and her family.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

A 47-year-old woman told police that, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, she was grabbed by a man she believes followed her from the Metra train stop.

The woman says she was hit over the head and then sexually assaulted in an alley less than a block from the train station.

Neighbors say the attack has left them feeling on edge. One man says he will no longer let his live-in girlfriend empty the garbage in the alley behind the apartments, and doesn’t want her to walk in the area after dark.

Residents are calling on Riverside police to get out of their squad cars and walk the beat. They say they would also like to see lights in this alley, which is a common place to walk to and from the Metra train station.

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