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Police Warn of Two Gold Coast Sex Assaults Tied to Same Attacker

By Alex Parker | June 23, 2013 1:40pm | Updated on June 23, 2013 2:28pm
 Police are warning residents of two sexual assaults in the Gold Coast.
Police are warning residents of two sexual assaults in the Gold Coast.
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CHICAGO — Police are warning Gold Coast residents of two sexual assaults that have happened in the area in the last week.

In the latest incident, police say a good Samaritan helped stop the sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman in the Gold Coast early Sunday.

A woman was walking in the ritzy neighborhood at about 5:40 a.m. when she was approached by a man, said Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman.

The man then dragged the woman in an alley in the 1000 block of North Dearborn Street, near Oak Street. He threw her to the ground and began to sexually assault her, Estrada said.

The noise caught the attention of a passer-by, who interrupted the attack and scared off the attacker, Estrada said.

The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was in stable condition. No one is in custody, and an investigation is ongoing, Estrada said.

The second incident occurred the night of Monday, June 17, in the 1100 block of North Clark Street.

Witnessed described the assailant as a black man, 35 years old, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-2, weighing 240 to 260 pounds. He wore a dark blue T-shirt in one incident and a white tank top in the other, as well as blue jean shorts.