CTA, police share surveillance photos of suspect in Blue Line assault

Chicago Police are sharing CTA surveillance photos of an alleged suspect of a sexual assault and robbery of a woman that occurred in mid-afternoon Monday on the Blue Line near Oak Park. UPDATE: Police today have arrested a person of interest in this crime.

Blue Line assault suspect

Blue Line assault suspect

The suspect, described as African-American and wearing a blue and grey Columbia jacket, jeans and green-laced tennis shoes, attacked her from behind on an empty rail car, and pushed her to the ground before sexually assaulting her and robbing her of an iPhone and cash.

Anyone who can help identify this person is urged to call Chicago Police Area North Detectives at 312-744-8261.

I commend the CTA and Chicago Police for working together on crime such as these that are captured on train video surveillance cameras. They often end with a suspect in custody.

It’s the more subtle harassment of women that happens daily that is hard for police to combat without more resources. That’s why on Sunday I called for the CTA and Chicago police to adopt the London model and allow women to text harassment complaints. Then London police follow-up on complaints within 24 hours.

This certainly takes more police resources, some of which perhaps can be redirected from arresting minor drug offenders.


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  • I saw on the 4:30 news that they caught him (web version). Again, the best PR campaign would be one convincing the numbnuts that they are on camera and will be caught.

  • In reply to jack:

    I had missed your "update," but the Tribune later said he turned himself in "after seeing his photograph broadcast in the media." So, while the cameras did not have the effect I suggested above, they did have an effect.

  • I think they already are moving resources from low-level drug offenses to other areas. Where, I don't know. But these types of arrests are significantly down since Chicago made it possible for it to be just a fine. And Anita Alvarez's statement the other day will also push more resources away from this type of policing.

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