CHICAGO — A 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted near several schools by a man who threatened to burn her house down if she didn't give him money, police said Monday.
The girl was walking down Race Street toward Parkside Avenue at about 7:15 a.m. on Monday when a man walked up to her, asked for her name and said he'd been watching her.
He then grabbed her around the neck, told her he had a gun and took her to his vehicle in the 400 block of North Parkside Avenue, according to police.
He told the girl to get into the vehicle, where he sexually assaulted her a few blocks from three schools and a public library, authorities said.
The man drove the girl to her home and threatened to set her house on fire if she didn't bring him money, police said.
The 13-year-old went inside the house and called police, but the man got away before officers arrived, according to police.
The assault was close to Frederic Douglass Middle and High Schools at 543 N. Waller Ave., Francis Scott Key Elementary school at 517 N. Parkside Ave and the Chicago Austin Library at 5616 W. Race Ave.
Police did not say whether the girl was on her way to school when she was assaulted.
Police said the assailant is in his 20s with brown eyes, black hair in chin-length dread locks, a small beard and a mustache. He is about 6 feet2 inches tall and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds, police said. He was wearing a black skull cap, a black hoodie and black sweat pants, police said.
Police did not have a sketch of the suspect available on Tuesday.
The car he was driving was an older four-door mid-to-large white car, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 312-744-8261.