Woman running on lakefront path sexually assaulted on Friday

By Eero Arum

A woman was sexually assaulted in the Hyde Park neighborhood Friday morning while jogging by the lakefront.

The woman, 58, was jogging near the corner of East 57th Street and South Lake Shore Drive at about 11:10 a.m., when a man approached her from behind and pulled her to the ground. He assaulted the woman while physically restraining her before escaping.

This incident was reported to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) rather than the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), which maintains a jurisdiction extending from East 37th Street to 64th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive. The UCPD has not been involved in this investigation.

A community alert issued by the CPD described the attacker as a medium-complexion, black man between 23 and 25 years old. He has brown eyes and black hair worn in short twists or braids. He is 5 foot 11 to 6 foot 1, and he weighs 150 to 160 pounds.

The man was last seen in a black and white camouflage full-zip hoodie, gray jeans, and a dark-colored knit hat with long tie strings on either side.

A spokesperson from the CPD described this as an “ongoing investigation.”

The police have asked anyone with information on the crime to call the Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380.

  Eero Arum