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(CBS) – Chicago Police say a woman was sexually abused on the CTA Red Line during this morning’s rush hour, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

It happened at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning on a Red Line train bound for downtown. Police say a man made inappropriate contact with a 23-year-old woman. Police are calling it criminal sexual abuse. It happened between the Clybourn stop and the Chicago stop, where police say the suspect exited the train.

Surveillance photo of the man who groped a woman on a Red Line train Wednesday morning. / photo from Chicago Police

Surveillance photo of the man who groped a woman on a Red Line train Wednesday morning. / photo from Chicago Police

Police describe the man as a white male, between 5’10-6’00” with possible blonde/light brown hair and have released surveillance images of the suspect.

CBS 2 has learned from sources police do have a DNA sample of the man they’re looking for.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards spoke with concerned riders.

“That’s dangerous. That kinda makes me scared cause I take the Red Line often,” said Karla Godinez.

Robyn Felten says she carries pepper spray and rides in the conductor car so she is not alone.

Miguel Fuentes, national director of the Guardian Angels, says they’ll be at the Chicago Red Line stop Thursday morning from 5 until at least 10 passing out fliers with the suspect’s photo.

“We want to put those pictures in people’s hands so that people who are riding the CTA trains or even the bus if they recognize this guy they can call the police or if they don’t feel comfortable talking to police they can call the Guardian Angels anonymously,” he said.

Anyone with information should call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8830.

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