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Man Arrested in Lincoln Square Gropings Released Without Charges

By Patty Wetli | October 18, 2017 12:33pm | Updated on October 18, 2017 3:51pm
 After a string of assaults against women walking with young children in strollers, Lincoln Square moms marched last month in a show of strength and support.
After a string of assaults against women walking with young children in strollers, Lincoln Square moms marched last month in a show of strength and support.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — A man taken into custody on suspicion of groping assaults against women in Lincoln Square has been released without being charged, police said Wednesday.

"The victim was not able to ID the offender by face. So he has been released," said officer Michelle Tannehill, spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department.

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Lincoln Square neighbors have been on alert since a string of assaults were reported in mid-September. In all of the incidents, a man on a bike rode up behind a woman and grabbed her. In a number of the assaults, the victim was walking with a child in a stroller.

One of the victims spied the suspect in the neighborhood Tuesday. She contacted police and also shared the information on social media. Additional sightings of the man and calls to police by neighbors led to the suspect's arrest.

"Detectives are still investigating," Tannehill said.