Charges pending in attempted sexual assault
Charges are pending against one man in relation to an assault and an attempted sexual assault that occurred last night.
At approximately 10:45 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, a woman was walking through Riley Park with two friends when an unknown man approached her and asked to speak with her. When the man got the woman away from her friends, he pushed her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her, ripping her clothes in the process. The woman was able to fight the man off and alert her friends to the attack. The group confronted the man, at which point he fled and one of the woman’s friends chased after him.
A Good Samaritan who was entering Riley Park saw this occurring and stopped the offender. At that time, the offender tried to flee a second time. He was caught a short distance away by the Good Samaritan and the victim’s friend and a struggle ensued. The two men were able to subdue the offender until police arrived. The Good Samaritan was assaulted in the process of restraining the offender and received minor injuries.
Officers from District 3 arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody without incident. He was interviewed by detectives in the Sex Crimes Unit and remains in custody, while waiting to see a Justice of the Peace.
His name will be released once charges are formally laid.