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On Aug. 6, at approximately 6 a.m., Evanston police responded to a call of a criminal sexual assault that had just occurred, said Perry Polinski, media relations for the Evanston  Police Department.

 The victim, a female, age 19, was walking on the south side of Howard Street and talking on her cell phone. She was grabbed around the waist by a man who dragged her across the street (to the Evanston side) where she was sexually assaulted in the gangway of a building in the 1700 block ofHoward Street, said Mr. Polinski. The victim was able to break free and run to the corner of Howard Street and Dodge Avenue where she flagged down a passing Chicago patrol officer who took her back to the scene and radioed for an Evanston officer, he said.

 A description of the suspect was immediately broadcast and the area was searched by both Evanston and Chicago Police with negative results. “The suspect was described as a male/black, dark complexion, wearing a blue ball cap and black T-shirt,” said Mr. Polinski. Further investigation at the scene revealed that the victim’s purse, which had been dropped during the struggle, was missing. The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and met by an Evanston Victim Advocate, he said.

This incident continues to be investigated by Evanston Police Detectives. Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident to call the Evanston Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (847) 866-5040. Anonymous tips can also be sent by text messaging to CRIMES (274637) followed by EPDTIP in the message line and then the tip information.