Mother pushing stroller attacked in suburban park, fights off sexual assault

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EVANSTON, Ill. – Police in Evanston are searching for a suspect after a mother was attacked on a sidewalk.

The 38-year-old woman was walking in Evanston's Brummel Park last night around 8:30 p.m. She was pushing her 2-year-old son in a stroller when police say a man came up from behind and struck her in the head. She was knocked to the ground and the suspect attempted to take off her clothing, police say.

The woman fought back and screamed and people in the area came running to help.

The attacker took off running West on Dobson.

Deputy Police Chief Jay Parrott says the victim scratched the man. Investigators are trying to recover any DNA evidence and they're also combing the area looking for surveillance video.

Police describe the suspect as a light-skinned man, Black or Hispanic, 5'06" with a thin build, short hair and thin beard. He was last seen wearing a red tank-top and grey pants.

The victim had very minor bruising and did not require medical treatment. Her child was not hurt.

Residents are gathering at the park tonight at 8 p.m. for a positive presence flashlight walk.