"My daughter and her friend walk to the library almost daily by themselves to do their homework and stuff, so, that won't be happening anymore," said Kathleen Stewart, resident.
It is a neighborhood where many parents are already are cautious about letting their kids play outside at certain times and places. But the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening has many even more concerned.
Police issued an alert with this sketch of the suspect. They say he approached the victim on the street, flashed a handgun and forced her into a nearby alley. He then sexually assaulted her in the backyard of an abandoned house.
In addition to the sketch, police have released a description. They say the suspect is 20-30 years old, 5'9" to 6 feet tall, he has severe acne and was wearing a black jacket, grey sweatpants, and a red and white Bulls stocking cap.
This was the first time many neighbors were hearing about it, but they are vowing to spread the word and keep a lookout for the suspect.
"It's horrible, because it could be my 18-year-old," said Diana Goodlet, resident.
Police are advising people in the neighborhood to stay in well-lit areas in the neighborhood and not to walk alone. They're also hoping that anyone who may recognize the man in the sketch will call detectives.
Anyone with information should call (312)747-8271.