Police are looking for a man that witnesses say sexually assaulted a woman in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
At around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, a woman, 37, was walking home on the 2900 block of West Belden when a man suspected of being between 17 and 20, followed her before grabbing her, putting a gun to the back of her neck and forcing her into a gangway where he sexually assaulted.
Witnesses heard the woman’s scream and looked out to see the man assaulting her.
One witness told ABC7, ”She went into her gate and he forced himself in. When I saw that, I ran down the back and called the cops and described everything to them and started yelling outside trying to get a response from someone.”
Another neighbor heard the woman’s cries for help and released his Rottweiler, Chelsea.
The attacker began to run, his pants still down, and three male witnesses took off after him.
The last of the men chasing him was forced to back off when the attacker turned around and pointed a gun at him.
“The fact that it happened at 10:00 at night with people still out is what is so amazing. The good thing is that there was an actual response from citizens of the community,” Sharif Bennett, a Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) Volunteer told reporters.
Witnesses in the area believe they say the man possibly following another woman nearby, but at the time, did not know he had been involved in the earlier incident. Police are hoping more witnesses will share any information they have in the case.