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Woman abducted from Hammond gas station, raped

Updated: May 1, 2013 3:20PM



Police have issued a community alert for the South Chicago neighborhood after a 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted March 22.

The woman was abducted from a Hammond gas station at about 6:20 a.m., according to the alert. A suspect allegedly hid in the woman’s minivan while she was shopping inside the gas station and revealed himself once she drove away, forcing her to drive to various locations.

Police said the man implied that he had a weapon and forced the woman to drive into an alley on the 9500 block of Colfax Avenue, where he dragged her into the back of the van and sexually assaulted her. Police said he then forced her to drive to an ATM near 103rd Street and Torrence Avenue, where she was forced to withdraw money. The man got out of the victim’s vehicle near 89th and Lowe streets, police said.

The suspect is described as a black man between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, 160 to 180 pounds, between the ages of 30 and 33. He has a medium build, brown eyes, a dark complexion and cornrow-style braids and was last seen wearing a long sleeve red Chicago Bulls shirt, black and gray jeans and a dark blue or black varsity-style jacket with horizontal stripes on the sleeves and white lettering.

Anyone with more information should contact Chicago Area South detectives at (312) 747-8271 or send tips to area2tip@chicagopolice.org.



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