LOGAN SQUARE — Attacks targeting women in the Logan Square area have left residents and community leaders on edge.
Police are looking for an attacker who recently assaulted at least three women – including one sexually – along a 1-mile stretch of Logan Square and Humboldt Park in separate incidents.
“Being a woman on the street is really scary every day, and the idea that when I come home from work, or even come back from a restaurant, there’s another thing I have to worry about – that’s unhappy and scary,” neighbor Emily Osborne said Tuesday afternoon while waiting for the bus.
Police believe a man in a construction vest or an Amazon in black clothing was responsible for the three attacks, two of which occurred over the weekend.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of North Humboldt Boulevard, a 39-year-old woman was attempting to enter her building when a man grabbed her, banged her head against the wall and sexually assaulted her, announced the police.
“I went to the corner store and this guy came up behind me,” the woman told ABC7. “I haven’t really thought about it. He just came right behind me into the building and then did what he did.
Attempts to reach the woman on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Another attack occurred at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of North Humboldt Boulevard. A 36-year-old woman was heading inside her building when a man attacked her from behind and put a black bag over her head, police said.
The woman screamed and pushed the man away, police said. The man ran east down an alley on Armitage Avenue.
A third assault took place on April 11, police said. A man attempted to enter the building of a 36-year-old woman in the 2000 block of North Humboldt Boulevard, asking if a certain tenant lived there. Then the man tried to force his way into the woman’s apartment. The woman used pepper spray to fight off the man, police said.
Resident Casandra Olaguez brought pepper spray while walking her two dogs on Tuesday, the first time she’s done so in five years of living in Logan Square, she said. Olaguez lives near where two of the attacks took place.
“I was really scared to walk,” Olaguez said. “It is the first time that something serious like this has happened, in particular three women attacked back to back.”
As the neighborhood sees gun violence and other crime, this frenzy looks different, neighbors Bella Foote and Will Davis, 24, said.
“The shots are less random. This is more targeted towards women,” Foote said.
Two of the attacks took place in Ald. 32nd Ward by Scott Waguespack. Waguespack did not respond to requests for comment, but said ABC7 neighbors need to step in and work together to keep the community safe.
Anyone with information about the party is encouraged to call detectives at 312-746-6554.