Child luring alert issued in Albany Park after 2 sexual assaults on Northwest Side
June 19, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Chicago police have issued a child luring alert for the city's Northwest Side. The warning comes after two separate sexual assaults were reported in the area.
Authorities say an 11-year-old girl was walking her dog in the Albany Park neighborhood on Sunday night, when a male in a white vehicle pulled over to the curb and tried to lure the victim towards him.
The victim ran away, and the vehicle drove off at a high rate of speed, officials said. The man is described as a white or Hispanic male. The vehicle may be a white two-door or four-door model, with rust on the bottom of the passenger door and a spoiler, the alert said.
The incident, which took place near the 3900 block of Argyle, happened not far from two recent attacks. About one mile away, authorities say a man snuck into a special needs teenager's window and raped her in her bedroom. The victim screamed for help, and the man got away. That incident happened Sunday in the 4800-block of North Ridgeway, which is also in Albany Park.
On Monday, in the nearby Mayfair neighborhood, a woman was reportedly attacked in a park. It happened in a somewhat hidden, triangular park in the 4600-block of West Agatite near the Kennedy Expressway. Police say a man grabbed the woman by the throat at approximately 10 p.m. Monday and pushed her down.
The man tried to take off the 24-year-old woman's clothes and touch her, authorities said. When she screamed, he punched her in the face, and she ran away.
The woman ran to a CTA stop where officers found her, and she was taken to the hospital with cuts on her face and knees. She was expected to be OK.
A source says people often park along Agatite and walk the path through the dark park to get to the Montrose CTA station.
Early Wednesday morning at the Montrose Blue Line station, the community group Guardian Angels patrolled the area and escorted women to the train. They also warned riders not to take shortcuts to the station.
Police have not made any arrests in the cases, and they will not say whether the incidents are linked to one another- meaning there could be many suspects, or one suspect.
local, jason knowles
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