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Rogers Park rapist on the loose, apartment safety tips from alderman

Where better to be safe than in one's own home? This was not the case for a 24-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted in the laundry room basement of a Rogers Park apartment building on Thurs., Jan. 30, at the 1200 block of West North Shore Avenue.

If you arrive at home and suspect a stranger is inside of your apartment, do not go in. Leave quietly and call 911 from a safe location.
If you arrive at home and suspect a stranger is inside of your apartment, do not go in. Leave quietly and call 911 from a safe location.
(Shamontiel L. Vaughn)

According to ABC News, the victim said a man crept up behind her, covered her eyes and demanded money from her. He took her phone and keys, and slammed her head against a support beam before raping her.

Ward 49's Alderman Joe Moore posted an explanation on Fri., Jan. 31, of the probability of how the suspect may have been able to get into the laundry room.

"It is quite likely the assailant entered the building because the front gate to the building courtyard was completely unsecured and locks to several doors were not working," said Alderman Moore on Ward 49's website. "A window frame to the basement was also off its hinges."

In a WGN report, the victim's roommate (and best friend) confirmed that the building's security gate hasn't worked since they moved in last summer. The empty storage space is dark and only one light bulb lights up the laundry room.

The assailant is described as an African-American male between 5'10 and 6'2. He was wearing tan boots, jeans, and a black jacket with black and white wrist cuffs. Anyone with information on the suspect should contact the Chicago Police Department Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263 with reference RD# HX132177.

Alderman Moore also has suggestions for apartment tenants to follow during the ongoing investigation of this case. See gallery above for apartment security tips.

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