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Wrigleyville Sexual Assault: Woman Pushed into Men's Bathroom at Irish Oak

 Police said a woman was pushed into a men's bathroom stall and sexually assaulted inside The Irish Oak.
Police said a woman was pushed into a men's bathroom stall and sexually assaulted inside The Irish Oak.
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LAKEVIEW — The woman who was sexually assaulted in Wrigleyville last weekend had been pushed into a men's bathroom stall inside The Irish Oak, police said.

The attack happened about 12:30 a.m. Sunday inside the bar at 3511 N. Clark St.

According to Town Hall District Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris, the 27-year-old victim was forced into a men's bathroom stall, where she was criminally sexually assaulted.

Voulgaris refused to offer any other details, citing the ongoing nature of the case and privacy concerns for the victim. He did say the incident appeared isolated.

"After speaking with the victim, the detectives are confident there's no rapist loose in the Wrigleyville area or Lakeview community," Voulgaris told residents at a community-policing meeting Wednesday night.

"This is not a serial rapist or anything like that. This does not appear to be a random act."

Voulgaris said the Irish Oak was "cooperating fully." The bar has given police access to security cameras from inside the building.

No one was in custody.

At Wednesday's meeting, held in the Town Hall police station at 850 W. Addison St., Voulgaris also addressed a reported sexual assault on the same street from May 25. A woman had originally told police she was attacked in an alley near the 3500 block of North Clark Street on that Sunday. She later recanted her story, Voulgaris said, and the case was now closed.

The commander said Town Hall police have been meeting monthly with Clark Street bar owners to help improve security. Cops are urging security staff to come outside at closing and work the sidewalks.

Sgt. Evangelos Hitiris, the district's business liaison, said he was trying to get security guards from each Clark Street bar to wear bright orange shirts so they would be easily identifiable.

"For the most part, we're getting great cooperation from the bars," he said. "If they do step out of line, we're not afraid to issue them citations."

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