Police release sketch of man who assaulted mother pushing stroller

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EVANSTON, Ill. – Police released a sketch Tuesday of a man suspected of punching and then attempting to sexually assault a 38-year-old woman as she was walking her child through an Evanston park on August 31.

Police said she was pushing her 2-year-old son in a stroller through Brummel Park around 8:30 p.m. when a man came up from behind, struck her in the head, and attempted to take off her clothing after she was knocked to the ground.

The woman fought back, and her screams caught the attention of people in the area who came running to help. The attacker took off running. The victim had very minor bruising and did not require medical treatment and her child was not hurt.

Deputy Police Chief Jay Parrott says the victim scratched the man and investigators are trying to recover any DNA evidence, as well as surveillance video. They also released a sketch showing the suspect, a man described as a light-skinned, 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.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5000 or utilize Text-A-Tip at CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line with the tip information.