Parolee accused of assaulting girl on Blue Line train

January 1, 2012 4:34:25 PM PST
A man who is on parole has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on a Blue Line train.

Police say 55-year-old Earl Cowen boarded the train and threatened to kill the victim if she didn't give him money.

She reportedly told him she had none and then said he assaulted her at knife point.

Police arrested Cowen a short time later walking on South Halsted.

Police said the victim identified Cowen.

She was treated at Rush University Medical Center.