A woman was sexually abused outside her home in the South Loop. (WGN - Chicago)

A 56-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her garage in the South Loop by a man with a gun, police said.

The attack happened around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of South Clark Street, police said. She was approached while she was seated in her car inside her garage and the man showed a gun and told her to open her car door, police said. Police originally had said she might have been forced into her car.

The man then assaulted her, according to a police alert issued this afternoon by Area Central detectives.

Her attacker took her keys and went into her home after the attack and robbed her 54-year-old husband, police said.

The attack is described as a black man, between the ages of 30 and 33, standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 and weighing between 165 and 185 pounds. The man had black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. He was wearing a black ski cap with red trim and a dark-colored sweater, police said.

The woman was taken to a hospital.

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