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Police Seek Man Who Tried To Rape Woman Near Garfield Red Line Stop

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Surveillance photos of a man suspected of trying to sexually assault a 22-year-old woman on Feb. 24, 2013, after she got off a Red Line train at the Garfield station. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Surveillance photos of a man suspected of trying to sexually assault a 22-year-old woman on Feb. 24, 2013, after she got off a Red Line train at the Garfield station. (Credit: Chicago Police)

CHICAGO (CBS) – Police are asking for help finding the man suspected of trying to rape a woman after she got off a CTA Red Line train on the South Side last month.

Around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 24, a 22-year-old woman was exiting a Red Line train at the Garfield stop, when a man approached her and tried to start a conversation, police said in a community alert.

The woman declined to talk to the man and walked away, but he followed her west on Garfield Boulevard.

Just west of the station, the man grabbed her from behind, threw her to the ground and tried to sexually assault her. She fought the man off, and he fled back toward the station.

The suspect is described as a man of Middle Eastern or Hispanic descent, between the ages of 25 and 35. He is 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, 150 to 170 pounds, and has short black hair, brown eyes, a medium complexion, a mustache, and a goatee.

The man was wearing blue jeans and a grey collared shirt, with Old Navy on the front. He might have cuts or bruises on his face or head.