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Woman sexually assaulted near Montrose CTA Blue Line station

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Police ask the Albany Park/Mayfair community to be vigilant, walk in pairs and avoid strangers, after a woman was sexually assaulted Monday night near the entrance to a CTA Blue Line station.

The female victim was walking through a landscaped path connecting the 4500 block of Agatite Avenue to the 4500 block of Montrose around 10 p.m. Monday, when she was attacked.

The offender grabbed her from behind near the entrance to the Montrose CTA Blue Line stop and pushed her face into the flowers planted there. The smashed plants remain at the scene, showing the force used on the victim.

The man choked the woman and punched her during the sex assault. In her attempt to escape, the victim thinks she may have scratched her attacker's face on the right side.

"We know that she fought back, but to what extent she may have injured our suspect, we don't know," Deputy Chief of Area North John Escalante says.

The woman described the suspect as a male Hispanic or dark skinned Caucasian, 5'9 to 5'11, 140 to 160 lbs. She said he had short, black hair and was wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt.

Police encourage residents to call 911 if they see anyone suspicious or witness suspicious activity, to walk in pairs and to avoid strange individuals or vehicles they do not recognize. Albany Park and Mayfair residents are also encouraged to take the time to be extra aware of their surroundings and walk in well-lit, populated areas.

Since the walkway where the attack took place is frequented by area residents, police ask them to take extra care.

Mayfair Civic Association's Tom Keating said this area has been quite a problem for some time.

"This area here has been a problem for years. We've had assaults in the past. IDOT came to us years ago asking us to help keep the area clean, bushes cut and so on. They provided us with some plants and so we have had volunteers in the community doing this for a number of years now," Keating said. "I think it has helped a lot. But we need more lighting. We need the state representative and the aldermen to try to get more lights. There are places where they could hook up lights for us, but it hasn't happened yet."

Less than a block from where the assault happened, Donald Harrigan plays with his family at the park.

"Things are going to leak over from different neighborhoods. I wouldn't worry about it too much especially during the daytime, but 10 o'clock at night, especially so close to a park that does seem kind of eye opening," Harrigan says.

If you have any information that could lead to the suspected attacker's arrest, please call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

If you would like to submit an anonymous tip, please do so through TipSoft.com.

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