13-year-old girl sexually assaulted in abandoned building

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CHICAGO -- A 13-year-old girl was walking in a park in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood Saturday when a man abducted and raped her, according to officials.

Neighbors say detectives were searching an abandoned house on the 7800 block of South Calumet, apparently looking for evidence Sunday.

The girl was abducted sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m Saturday afternoon, police say, and later brought to Comer Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Her identity is being kept quiet.

The house in question is boarded up and no one lives there. In the backyard, an eerie scene: a bed. Nothing else.

Residents on the block say the house has been an issue for many years. They’ve seen drugs sold there and people have been assaulted nearby it.

“This is the first time that we’ve had an assault, but we’ve been complaining about this building since I lived here for the past three years. It’s a drug hole and it’s not safe,” said Vernita Jefferson.

Activist Andrew Holmes canvassed the community Sunday to tell people about the incident and encourage neighbors to put pressure on the City to do something.

“What we’re going to do is work with this community. We’re going to find out who owns this [house]. If the city can’t find out, we’re going to find out. And if the owner is listening, I’ll be at your doorstep,” said Andrew Holmes.

Holmes said a number of residents in the area have surveillance cameras, but there’s no word anybody saw anything. Police say no one is in custody.