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Woman Attacked on The 606 Needs Your Help To Identify Good Samaritans

January 6, 2017 - A 29-year-old female jogger is looking for your help identifying 2 good Samaritans who stepped in to help her when she was attacked on The 606 earlier this week. The incident occurred at approximately 6:20 PM Wednesday, January 4, 2017 just West of the Humboldt overpass on The 606. The victim of the attack wants to remain anonymous but has shared her story with us so we can help her to identify both of the men who came to her aid to make sure she was safe.

Employed as a nanny just West of Bucktown, the victim went out for a short  jog on The 606 before heading home to Lakeview.This is what transpired in her words: 

"I thought it was early enough to be running even though it was dark. There were a few other runners and cyclists, but I was one of the few females on the trail at that time. A runner with a headlamp passed me as we were heading East and I noticed him run past four bigger guys who were just strolling on the trail. I ran past the same (four) guys and did not think much of it. Although I had headphones in, I remained alert the whole time and could hear everything around me. I noticed a bigger shadow directly behind me a few seconds after I passed the four guys. Instinctively, I turned around and saw one of the guys lunging towards me. I was facing him so I tried to swat his arm away, and that is when he grabbed me and dragged me to the opposite side of the trail. I was shocked but kept screaming help at the top of my lungs, praying anyone could hear me. The other 3 guys were just watching as their friend tackled me and kept pushing me to the ground. He kept saying to me "Shhh... it's ok, Shhh.. it's ok." We rolled around a bit and I was able to break free still screaming help. I sprinted East and never looked back."

The male runner, who had initially jogged past her, heard her distress and returned to help. The runner then stopped a male cyclist who was heading West towards the assailant.  These 2 strangers helped her back to her employer's home and waited with her until she was safely inside. The police were called. They arrived a short time later and a report was filed.

The assailant is described as an African American male, age 24-34, darker complexion, corn rows, 240-260 pounds and he was wearing a black jacket at the time of the assault. 

The victim of the attack is reaching out to the community to see if she can identify the good Samaritans who stepped in to help her immediately following the attack. She believes she has identified the runner who initially turned back to help but is still trying to identify the cyclist who was traveling West-bound on The 606 at approximately 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

If you happen to have any information about the good Samaritan cyclist who stepped in to help this week, please feel free to contact us via Facebook or Twitter or send us an email or ask him to contact us at: info@wickerparkbucktown.info.

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