Monthly Archives: July 2012

Woman Rowing Around Lake Michigan For Charity Sexually Assaulted

On July 22, a woman who was rowing around Lake Michigan for charity was sexually assaulted.

The attack was just recently disclosed in the media.

The woman, Jenn Gibbons, 27, was sexually attacked around 4:00 a.m. Sunday while her boat was tied to a dock in an remote area along Lake Michigan in Schoolcraft County, Michigan.

Gibbons heard the attacker prior to his entering the boat’s cabin, but she was unable to lock the door fast enough to prevent the assailant’s entry and the subsequent attack.

Police investigators believe that the attacker may have known of Gibbons’ location because her trip’s current location was available on the internet.

For the remainder of the effort Gibbons will be accompanied by another person, and her exact whereabouts won’t be disclosed online.

Michigan State Police describe the attacker as a white man in his 30s, approximately 5’8″-6’00” tall, with an athletic build and light-colored eyes.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the July 25 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Sex assault won’t stop Chicago woman’s row for charity,” the July 25 Chicago Tribune article titled “Cops:  Woman rowing perimeter of Lake Michigan sexually assaulted” and the NY Daily News article of July 25 titled “Long-distance rower sexually assaulted in a remote location by man who likely tracked her online.”

 

Woman Abducted From Street And Sexually Assaulted On Chicago’s West Side

Early Saturday morning (July 14) two men forced a woman into a vehicle on Chicago’s West Side and later sexually assaulted her.

The abduction happened between midnight and 1 a.m., according to information from Chicago Police.  The two men drove up to the woman in the 1200 block of South Avers Avenue and forced her into the rear seat of a red sedan.

The men then drove to the West 21st Street and South California Avenue area, where one of the men sexually assaulted the woman.

One of the male suspects is described as 25-26 years old, 6’1″-6’2″, 210-230 lbs, with a dark complexion.  He has a black fade hairstyle and a physical impairment in the right eye.

The second male suspect, who drove the red car, is about 30 years old, 5’8″ tall, 175-180 lbs, with a tattoo on the lower right arm and right wrist that contains stars and a name.

Those with information concerning the incident or the suspects are asked to call Chicago Police Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the July 15 CBS Chicago story titled “Cops Seek 2 Men For Sexually Assaulting Woman On West Side” as well as the July 15 Chicago Sun-Times story titled “Two men sexually assault woman after forcing her into vehicle.”

Woman Abducted From Chicago CTA Blue Line Train At Gunpoint And Sexually Assaulted

A woman was abducted at gunpoint from a Chicago CTA Blue Line train on June 30 and taken to a nearby apartment where she was sexually assaulted.

According to Chicago Police on July 14, the woman, age 52, boarded the train at 530 S. Kedzie Avenue, on Chicago’s West Side.  She was forced off of the train at gunpoint by two men at the California stop, located at 2211 N. California Ave, at 6:30 a.m.

She was then taken to an apartment somewhere in the 2800 block of West Lyndale Street where the two men sexually assaulted her.

According to Chicago Police, the assailants are both black men in their 20s, 5’10-6’00” tall, and weight 150-160 lbs.  One was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a blue hat, whereas the other man wore a maroon plaid shirt, blue jeans and a Philadelphia Phillies baseball hat.

Those with information concerning the incident or assailants are asked to call Chicago Police Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Tribune article of July 15 titled “Cops:  2 abducted CTA rider at gunpoint at California stop, assaulted her” and the WGN July 15 story titled “CTA Asssault:  Police seek information.”

 

Woman Sexually Assaulted On Chicago’s West Side

There was a sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side on Tuesday afternoon, May 10.

According to Chicago Police, the woman was walking in the 3700 block of West Harrison at approximately 4:45 p.m., when a man with a handgun approached her, and led her into an alley in the 3800 block of West Harrison, where he sexually assaulted her.

The assailant is said to be a black man with a medium complexion, approximately 19 years old, 6’0″ tall, and a weight of 160-180 lbs.  He had a “fade” haircut, a chipped front tooth, multiple tattoos on both arms, and an “M” tattoo on the back of his neck.

At the time of the assault, he was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and black and white gym shoes.

Those with information concerning the assault and/or assailant are asked to contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the My Fox Chicago article of July 12 titled “Man wanted for sexual assault on West Side” as well as the July 12 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police:  Woman sexually assaulted in West Side alley.”

Two Child Luring Attempts On Chicago’s Southwest Side

Last week, there were two different child luring attempts on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

The first attempt was on July 4.  According to Chicago Police, a man approached a 10-year-old boy at 10:15 p.m. who was on the 2100 block of West Ohio Street.  The man told the boy not to play with fireworks, and then the man tried to lure the boy into his minivan.  The boy refused, at which point the man said “You are coming with me — get in my van.” The boy then ran away and the man drove off.

The man was described as Asian or Polynesian, age 35-40, 5’8″-6’00” with a stocky build and dark complexion. He was wearing a black and yellow t-shirt with a “45” on it.   The man’s minivan was black with tinted windows.

The next day (July 5), there was a different child luring attempt, this one involving two attempts to lure 14-year-old girls.  In the first incident, a man approached a girl at about 7:40 a.m. in the 4800 block of South Pulaski Road.   A second luring attempt involved another girl about 20 minutes later in the 4800 block of South Hamlin Avenue.

In both incidents, the man offered the girls a ride, by asking the first girl, and by using hand gestures to beckon the second girl. According to the Police alert, both girls ran away and were not injured.

The man was described as 30-35 years old with olive complexion and black hair with a “buzz” cut.  His van was black with tinted windows.

Those with information about these child luring incidents are asked to contact detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the July 9 Chicago Tribune article titled “Cops:  Man tried to lure 10-year-old boy into van on West Side” and the July 9 MyFoxChicago article titled “Men try to lure kids on Southwest Side.”