By Karen Chen and Rosemary Regina Sobol
4:19 PM CDT, August 30, 2013
The off-duty police officer says she was jogging near Sauganash Park on the Northwest Side when she became suspicious of a man on a bicycle who kept circling her.
The officer continued running but then heard someone rush up behind her. As she turned, the man grabbed her around the neck and both fell to the ground, according to a police report about the Thursday afternoon attack.
“I’m police, I’m police,” the officer yelled as the man tried to strip off her clothes, according to the report.
The man struck the officer four times in the face with his fist, but the officer told police she managed to gouge the man's eye and hit him in the groin. The man ran south down the trail, and the officer was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital.
Police searched the area with a dog but did not find the man.
The attack happened around 2:50 p.m Thursday on a path near Bryn Mawr and Lowell avenues in the Sauganash neighborhood, police said.
The man wanted for the attack was described by police as Hispanic, between 22 and 26, about 5-foot-7, 140-150 pounds with short black hair, according to an alert issued by police on Friday. He was wearing a gray short-sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information can call Area North detectives at 312-744-8200.
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