Girl, 15, beaten, sexually assaulted in Cragin area near CPS Safe Passage route

The Guardian Angels were handing out fliers Wednesday and escorting children to school in the Cragin neighborhood after a teenager was attacked and assaulted near Fullerton and Long.
December 18, 2013 4:13:57 PM PST
The Guardian Angels were handing out fliers Wednesday and escorting children to school in the Cragin neighborhood after a teenager was attacked and sexually assaulted near Fullerton and Long.

The 15-year-old girl was found beaten and sexually assaulted in the Cragin neighborhood Tuesday. She was found by a homeowner in a back yard in the 2400-block of North Long Avenue after 8 a.m.

Northwest Community Church is planning a meeting Thursday night with police and elected officials.

The victim is a Chicago Public Schools high school student. Police say she was on her way to school when she was dragged behind a home, hit in the head and sexually assaulted. She was found in a back yard about half a block away from Fullerton Avenue, a CPS Safe Passage route for nearby Northwest Middle School.

On Tuesday night, investigators removed a garbage can containing possible evidence from the crime scene. Earlier in the day, investigators searched for clues in the snowy back yard of Michael Klockowski, who found the girl beaten, bleeding and half naked.

"Just opening the door to take maybe a morning sweep of the sidewalks. And to find something like that is just shocking," said Klocklowski.

Klockowski said the girl was bleeding from the head and had a book bag with her. She was conscious, but barely moving.

"By the time I got back upstairs to get a coat and step back outside, the fire department was already here. I could hear her speaking to them very faintly," said Klockowski.

The attack is said to have happened around 6 a.m., which means two bitterly cold hours passed before Klockowski found her. Police sources tell Eyewitness News the victim was walking to get on a bus to a school outside the neighborhood, before any Safe Passage monitors would have been in place.

The Guardian Angels said they would be on patrol in the area from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"It puts people on pins and needles to where people are afraid now. They don't feel so safe anymore. I'm pretty sure of that," said Demetrius Dawsun, Cragin neighborhood resident.

"It's something to really worry about, you know. I have no words. I feel really bad," said Johana Arana, parent.

"I got to, like, take care of my children, be more cautious, talk to my children and everything," said Juan Gomez, parent.

"One can't help but suspect that somebody might, like this, something so violent that they might do it again sometime soon, so I hope they get him," said Klockowski.

The girl is recovering at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She was taken there Tuesday morning in serious condition with a head injury. No one is in custody.

It's unclear how much investigators have been able to communicate with the victim. The Chicago Tribune is reporting she is in a medically induced coma.


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