Several Chicago community groups joined forces on Monday, begging the public’s help in locating the person who attacked a young girl as she walked home from school last week.
The assault happened last Thursday a few blocks from Dulles Elementary School in the Washington Park neighborhood.
At around 3 p.m., an 11-year-old girl was walking home from school in the 6200 block of South Indiana Avenue when an unidentified man approached her from behind, placed his hand over her mouth and pulled her in an alley where he assaulted her. , according to a community alert issued by Chicago police.
“For something like this to happen in our community, especially since we’ve had a great summer, we need to get to the bottom of it and find out exactly who this person is,” said Cecilia Butler of the Washington Park Resident Advocacy Council.
Authorities say the victim was able to free himself and the assailant fled in an unknown direction.
“Focus on this young woman, make sure she gets the help she needs,” said activist Tio Hardiman of the group Violence Interrupters. “And I’m appealing to all men in the community, there should be 1,000 black men out there looking for this guy to try and make this young girl.”
At the time of the assault, Chicago police say the suspect was wearing a black shirt with a tear in the right sleeve, black jeans with a silver belt buckle, and black work boots that appeared to have been beaten.
Community activists have teamed up to offer a $4,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest.
“I’m asking the public schools in Chicago to make sure they have counselors in school, someone giving advice to that mother and that child, because you can’t give a child back their dignity. time you took it from her,” one resident said. Bamani Obadele.
Anyone with information about the incident or someone who fits the description is asked to call the Chicago Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit at 312-492-3810. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at cpdtip.com