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.READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Sets Goal To Get 77% Of Eligible Chicagoans Vaccinated By End Of The Year
“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.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 13 Wounded In Mass Shooting At Kroger Grocery Near Memphis, Tenn.
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.MORE NEWS: Body Found In Illinois River Confirmed To Be Missing Illinois State University Student Jelani Day; Police Call Death 'Very Suspicious'
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.