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'Person of Interest' in Sex Assaults Held in Indiana

By Emily Morris | October 15, 2013 1:14pm
 A sketch released last week of the man wanted in a series of sexual assaults.
A sketch released last week of the man wanted in a series of sexual assaults.
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Cook County Sheriff's Office

CHICAGO — A "person of interest" has been taken into custody in Indiana in connection with a series of sexual assaults on the Far South Side last week, police said Tuesday.

Just hours apart Wednesday morning, a 43-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter were assaulted inside their Washington Heights home, and a 14-year-old teen girl was attacked on her way to her school bus stop, police said.

Police said at the time that one man was suspected in the attack, and that he also tried to enter a home and sexually assault an 11-year-old girl that same morning.

One of the victims related a harrowing account of how she and her mother were assaulted after a man got into their home and threatened them with a knife.

The crimes occurred between 3 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. in the 10300 block of South Emerald Avenue, in the 10100 block of South Green Street and the 10000 block of South Peoria Street, police said in a community alert issued last week.

The alert described the attacker as a slender black man with a dark complexion and medium-length dreadlocks. Cops said he was 16 to 22 years old and between 6-foot and 6-foot-1.

Someone police consider a "person of interest" in connection to the assaults is being held in Indiana, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals with the help of Chicago Police, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Marshals said.

The man had not been charged with a crime as of Tuesday afternoon, Estrada said.