Police on Wednesday night released a man they had been questioning in their investigation into a series of sexual assaults in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
Police are searching for a man who broke into a home in the 10300 block of South Emerald Avenue and assaulted a 40-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, NBC Chicago reports.
The attacker entered the mother’s bedroom and put a knife to her throat, a family member told NBC, and took both women’s IDs, credit cards and cell phones before fleeing the scene.
In two other attacks police believe are connected to the initial invasion, a man broke into another home in the 10100 block of South Green Street and tried to assault an 11-year-old girl, according to DNAinfo Chicago.
The girl woke up to the sound of her puppy barking, CBS Chicago reports, and screamed when she saw a man staring at her from her closet. He then dove out of the girl’s bedroom window when the girl’s father entered the room.
Police say the same man next sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was on her way to school in the 10000 block of South Peoria Street.
A witness to the teen’s assault told the Chicago Tribune he recalled the victim telling him, “‘Why me? I get straight A’s in school. I told him to stop. He wouldn’t stop.’”
All the attacks took place within the same three-hour span.
The suspect has been described as a black, 6-foot-1 tall man between the ages of 16 and 22 years old and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. He had medium-length black dreadlocks and he was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, baggy blue jeans, a light-colored belt and white gym shoes. Police have released an image of the suspect taken from a surveillance camera.
Anyone with information about the attacks should call police at 312-747-8271.