Girl, 14, sexually assaulted on way to St. Laurence High School in Burbank

BURBANK, Ill. (WLS) -- Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in southwest suburban Burbank while on her way to school Monday.

The girl, who is a freshman, had just gotten off a PACE and was walking northbound on Central Avenue from 79th Street on her way to St. Laurence High School at about 7:40 a.m. when police said she was approached by the suspect from behind.

The suspect threatened the victim with a gun, forced her into an alley behind a garage and sexually assaulted her. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is now recovering at home.

"We found out through friends," said Joan Oswald, resident. "We're totally upset by it. It's a terrible situation. We sure hope they find him. I pick her up every day and take her every day, so she's not walking around."

The suspect then fled east on 79th Street toward Central Avenue, where his image was captured on a private home's surveillance camera.

Surveillance images of a suspect wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in southwest suburban Burbank.

The suspect is described as black, 17-20 years old, between 5'9"-5'11" and about 150-170 pounds. He was wearing a reddish-orange pull-over sweatshirt, black pants and carrying a black backpack.

"It's very busy, a lot of people are coming or going to work, kids are going to school, parents are taking kids to school, so there's a lot of people out, so we're actually hoping that maybe somebody had seen something and if they did, please call us," said Division Chief Mike Dudlow, Burbank Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 708-924-7300.

A spokesperson for St. Laurence said the school is cooperating with investigators and taking precautionary measures before and after school until an arrest is made.
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