Woman pulled from car, sexually assaulted

January 4, 2012 4:13:08 PM PST
Chicago police are looking for a suspect they say dragged a woman from her car and sexually assaulted her on the city's South Side.

The attack happened in the 8000-block of South Mozart in the Wrightwood community Wednesday at about 5:40 a.m.

The victim is a 38-year-old woman. She is hospitalized at Little Company of Mary Hospital in stable condition.

Police confirm that she was parked in her car in front of her home early Wednesday morning when the attack happened. They say a man around 25 years of age broke her driver-side window, pulled her out of the car, then dragged her to the gangway between two houses and sexually assaulted her.

The attacker then took the woman's purse and slashed her tires before taking off. The woman was able to get back into her disabled car and drive for a couple of blocks. She ended up at 83rd Street and California where she asked for help.

Police were at the scene for several hours Wednesday morning fingerprinting the vehicle and trying to find any information that will lead them to the suspect.

Neighbors told ABC7 that the victim has lived in the area for about a year and a half with her husband and son and that she works nights and was likely arriving home when the attack happened.

"I feel horrible for the family. I feel horrible for any woman who is victimized and I just pray that the person, the offender is apprehended immediately," said neighbor Carolyn Franklin.

"We are like a family. We are always looking out for one another and each of the kids, so it is very shocking to hear something like that," said neighbor Elaine Kilgore.

The offender remains at large. Police say they are still investigating and are asking anyone with information to call authorities.