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Suspect sought in attempted sexual assault

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Police say a 38-year-old Evanston woman pushing her two-year-old child in a stroller was the victim of an attempted sexual assault at Brummel Park about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says a man struck the victim in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground. He then got on top of her and began removing some of her clothing.

The victim screamed and fought the offender, which attracted the attention of witnesses in the area of the park, at the corner of Brummel Street and Elmwood Avenue, who called police.

The assailant then fled westbound on Dobson Street on foot. He's described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic man, 5-feet-6-inches tall, with a thin build, short hair and thin beard. He was last seen wearing a red tank-top and grey pants.  

Dugan says the victim was bruised and scratched from the incident, but did not require medical attention. Her child was not physically injured. Evanston police detectives along with the police victim services unit responded to the scene. 

Detectives are investigating into the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 or utilize Text-A-Tip at CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line with the tip information.

Dugan says the police department would like to acknowledge the courage and quick-thinking of the victim in this incident as well as express gratitude to the witnesses for their assistance with helping the victim and their continued cooperation with police detectives.     

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