Woman abducted from Hammond gas station, assaulted

2013-03-28T20:12:00Z 2013-03-28T22:55:03Z Woman abducted from Hammond gas station, assaultedTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 28, 2013 8:12 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A woman was abducted from a Hammond gas station March 22 and sexually assaulted in Chicago, police said.

A 26-year-old woman was inside a gas station at 6:20 a.m. in the Robertsdale neighborhood of Hammond when an unidentified man got into her unlocked minivan, according to a community alert from the Chicago Police Department.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said the woman was at a gas station near the Chicago Skyway and began driving to Chicago when she realized the man was in her vehicle.

The man, who implied he had a weapon with him, demanded the woman drive to various locations before making her stop in an alley on the 9500 block of Colfax Avenue where he sexually assaulted her, the alert stated.

The woman was then forced to drive to the area of 103rd Street and Torrence Avenue in Chicago where he told her to withdraw money from an ATM, the alert stated. He then made the woman drop him off in the area of 89th Avenue and Lowe Street.

The black man is described as about 30 years old and is 5 feet, 8 inches tall to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, according to the alert. Police estimate he weighs 160 pounds to 180 pounds.

The suspect was last seen wearing a black ski mask, a long-sleeve red Chicago Bulls T-shirt and jeans. He also had a dark jacket with horizontal strips on the sleeves.

Miller said Chicago police are investigating the case because all of the felonies happened in their jurisdiction. Hammond police Detective John Suarez is helping in the case.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Chicago's detective division at (312) 747-8271. Suarez can be reached at (219) 852-2906.

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