Authorities released this sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman walking to catch a Metra train early Thursday. / image from Matteson police
Updated: May 28, 2014 6:34AM
Three south suburban police departments have issued a joint alert after a series of attacks against women over the past two months, most recently when a woman was sexually assaulted near a Metra station in Matteson.
Park Forest police issued the alert along with Richton Park and Matteson police following two earlier incidents this week, and four groping incidents in Park Forest since March, followed by the attack about 5:30 a.m. Thursday near Old Plank Road Trail between Main Street and Homan Avenue in Matteson.
A 34-year-old woman was walking along the trail to the Metra train from her home in Park Forest when a man grabbed her and assaulted her, police said. He ran away after the attack, heading northeast.
On Tuesday morning, a man grabbed two women in separate incidents within an hour of each other — on Rich Road in Park Forest and on Sauk Trail near Richton Square Road in Richton Park, police said.
Park Forest police are still investigating four groping incidents dating back to March at Winnebago Park, near Westwood Drive at Winnebago Street; near Sangamon Street at Shabbona Drive; and in the 300 block of Windsor Street.
Police said they, “cannot conclusively state if all incidents are connected,” and are offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in any of the incidents.
The attacker has generally been described as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s with a medium brown complexion, about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds with short hair, police said. He had no facial hair and had calloused hands.
In the Matteson attack, the suspect was wearing a black hooded nylon jacket with a white zipper, dark denim jeans, and worn dark gym shoes, police said.
Detectives are working on leads. Anyone with information should call Matteson police at (708) 748-4085.