Possible suspect found in Washington Park sex assault of 11-year-old girl, community activist says

ByRavi Baichwal and Christian Piekos WLS logo
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
$4K reward being offered for information in Washington Park attack
Chicago police are looking for the man accused of sexually abusing a girl in Washington Park on Indiana Avenue last week.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A possible suspect in the attack and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on her way home from school has been found, according to a community activist.

Please note: The video above is from an earlier report

The community activist told ABC7 Chicago the possible suspect was spotted by community members and held until police arrived.

Andre Smith, CEO of Chicago Against Violence, said the victim's grandmother received a photo of that possible suspect and showed it to the girl, who recognized him as her attacker.

Chicago police said no one is currently in custody, and this remains an ongoing investigation.

The child's mother and grandmother are planning to speak at a news conference outside Chicago police headquarters Tuesday morning, calling for charges to be filed.

Activists held a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Monday outside Dulles Elementary School, to ask how and why this happened and call for a federal investigation.

"We're demanding that resources be gave to these students for crisis because that was their classmate. That was their friend. You don't know what they're going through," said Smith.

Chicago police released a sketch Saturday of the man wanted for kidnapping and sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl on the South Side.

The girl was dragged into an alley and sexually abused as she walked home from school Thursday.

"I want the Chicago Police Department to bring in every sex offender that is in Washington Park into a lineup and get that baby to look at all of them, and if she points out one of them they should be dealt with," said activist Bamani Obadele. "This is a serious matter. This should not be toyed and played with."

Obadele is offering a $2,500 reward, part of a reward package totaling $4,000 and growing, for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

According to a community alert issued by police, the suspect approached the girl from behind while she was walking home from school about 3:30 p.m. in the 6200-block of South Indiana Avenue in Washington Park.

"That is a block and a half which Safe Passage should have been able to see if they were out there doing what they were paid to do," said Andre Smith, CEO of Chicago Against Violence.

Police said the man put his hand over her mouth and pulled her into a secluded part of an alley, where he sexually abused her. The girl was able to break free and ran away, police said. The man fled in another direction.

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The suspect is described by police as a man between 45-60 years old, between 5'8" and 5'10," with a thin build, graying hair and a mustache or goatee. He was wearing a black shirt that had a rip on the right sleeve, black jeans with a silver belt buckle and beat-up black work boots.

Police said children should walk in pairs or small groups, and any suspicious persons or activity should be reported to 911 immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CPD's Special Investigation Unit at 312-492-3810. Anonymous tips an also be submitted via CPDTIP.com.

Activists are also offering a combined $4,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.