Reporting Pamela Jones
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are searching for the man who assaulted a 14-year-old girl as she was walking to the bus stop Monday morning at the corner of 87th and Halsted in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
The attack has a lot of people on edge.
“Now, seeing this, I’m like, I’m not sure if I want to do this anymore,” said one concerned teen. “It’s sad, because that could have been me.”
She and a lot of other teenagers catching the bus Tuesday night were just learning about the assault.
Police say it happened yesterday – around 8 a.m. The girl was headed to catch a bus to school – but a guy grabbed her near an abandoned business.
“The perpetrator came up behind her and asked her for certain items. Then all of a sudden he snatched her behind this abandoned place right here and sexually assaulted her,” said Community Activist Andrew Holmes.
Holmes spent yesterday and today handing out flyers to warn students and adults.
CBS 2 talked with a man who helps sell newspapers on the corner in the morning and he says it’s disturbing to hear such a vicious crime could have taken place just steps away from this high-traffic area.
“We didn’t hear no hollering or anything. We would have been aware of it,” he said.
Chicago Police have a description of the suspect.
They say he’s black – about 19-years-old – 5 foot 7. He has a husky build with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black ski mask over the lower half of his face, a red jacket with blue and white stripes down the sleeves – dark blue true religion jeans and white air force one gym shoes.