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Girl escapes attacker on Clark

Evanston police say a girl walking to school was grabbed by a man in the 1100 block of Clark Street downtown this morning.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the man dragged the girl into some bushes where he tried to pull off her pants. But she managed to break away from him and run to a relative’s house.

Evanston police say a girl walking to school was grabbed by a man in the 1100 block of Clark Street downtown this morning.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the man dragged the girl into some bushes where he tried to pull off her pants. But she managed to break away from him and run to a relative’s house.

Guenther says police searched the area, located between Ridge and Oak avenues, after the 7:45 a.m. incident, but they were unable to locate the man.

He says the girl recognized the man, who she’d had casual conversations with on previous days as she was passing the Davis Street CTA station on her way to school.

Police says the suspect is described as a 40- to 45-year-old black male, 5-feet-6-inches to 5-feet-8-inches in height, with a medium build, brown eyes, light complexion and a mustache, with possible bruising under his right eye.

He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a blue and yellow sweater and black gym shoes.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police juvenile bureau at 847-866-5050.

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