A woman walking home from a Lakeview gas station was sexually assaulted by a man who ran up from behind, pulled out a knife and said, "Don't do anything, I'll slit your throat," according to police.
The man assaulted her, then fled with the woman's purse and iPhone, police said. The 22-year-old victim ran for help to a local coffee shop and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, according to a police report.
The woman told officers she had bought a pack of cigarettes at the gas station at Halsted Street and Addison Avenue around 4:25 p.m. Monday and was walking through an alley when she heard someone running and turned to see a man running toward her, the report said.
The woman thought the man would run past her, but instead he grabbed her around the neck and forced her to the back of a garage, where he assaulted her, behind a pickup truck, police said. The man then pushed her to the ground and ran off, warning her, to stay put or he would harm her--"I know where you live."
The woman waited a few minutes, then ran to the coffee shop for help.
The attacker was described as black, between the ages of 25 and 32, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-5, police said. He was wearing a black skull cap, blue jeans and white gym shoes, according to police.
Area North detectives were investigating.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed
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