Police hunt for man who sexually abused a girl walking home from school in Washington Park

CHICAGO (CBS) – An 11-year-old girl in Chicago was the victim of a horrific attack this week – she was grabbed and dragged into an alley on her way home from school.

The girl’s mother told her story to CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar on Friday night.

The details are unsettling. That 11-year-old was unable to sleep Thursday night after escaping the attacker – but the girl’s mother says she is proud that her daughter not only escaped but was able to provide police with a good description of the person responsible.

“He grabbed her from behind and pulled her toward the alley where ComEd lived, behind the house,” said the girl’s mother, Lissy Wakefield.

Wakefield said her daughter was walking home from school on Thursday when a man gagged her from behind and led her into a secluded alley behind Indiana at 62nd Street in the Washington Park neighborhood.

“He took off her clothes — grabbed her breasts,” Wakefield said.

The man pushed the victim to the ground and began to take off his pants as the victim kicked the offender and fled, police said.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction.

Police said the man had gray hair and a mustache or beard. He also wears a black shirt with a slit on the right sleeve, black jeans with a silver belt buckle. and black safety shoes.

After the 11-year-old girl kicked her attacker, she was able to escape to her mother’s house, who called 911.

“He was about to take off his belt, but his phone rang, and he answered — and she kicked him and ran,” Wakefield said. “She ran home with no bra, no shoes, no pants, no shirt.”

Chicago Police Spotwell, who worked on the case, returned Friday with a new backpack filled with brave girl gear.

“It means a lot because some people are still interested,” Wakefield said. “I just hope they catch him.”

Police hope that a POD camera in the area and cameras attached to a ComEd facility near the alley where this happened will help them in this case.

Meanwhile, the police also have some advice on what you can do:

  • Call 911 to report any suspicious people or activity in the area.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Guide children in pairs or small groups.
  • Instruct children to report any suspicious activity to an adult immediately.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to call the Special Investigations Unit at 312-492-3810. Anonymous tips can be sent to


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