Suspect Attacks Woman Pushing Stroller In Evanston Park

(CBS) — A woman pushing a stroller was attacked earlier this week at an Evanston park, but a hero came along at just the right time.

CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos reports.

The woman had enough courage to try to fight off the attacker and scream for help. Those screams alerted another man nearby to come and intervene.

“I just said, ‘Hey, get up!’ and then he looked at me,” the Good Samarian, Rashad Morris, said. “He just got up and started running.”

It happened just before 9 on Wednesday night, while the 38-year-old woman was pushing her 2-year-old in a stroller through Brummel Park. The attacker approached her from behind.

Evanston Deputy Police Chief Jay Parrott says the offender struck the victim, knocked her to the ground and tried to remove her clothing.

Neighbors came out to the park Thursday night to stand in solidarity with the victim. Police are canvassing the area and checking for surveillance video from nearby homes. Investigators say they have some physical evidence.

The woman has only minor scratches bruises, and her child is OK.



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