Evanston police are investigating a report of a sexual assault late Monday in the 700 block of Central Street.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says police learned about the incident from a third party. He says the victim is a 23-year-old Chicago woman.

Parrott says the incident happened between 10 p.m. and midnight and that no one is in police custody at this time.

Update: 6:30 p.m.: Northwestern University police say the victim is not affiliated with the university. They say the woman was walking a dog in an alley on the block when she was confronted by a man who displayed a gun and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released.

NU police say the suspect is a 30- to 50-year-old white male, 5-feet-10-inches to 6-feet tall, wearing a dark knit cap, dark coat and dark pants. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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