Take back the trail: Sauganash residents aim to make path safe - FOX 32 News Chicago

Take back the trail: Sauganash residents won`t tolerate criminals on path

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Sauganash residents will be gathering to take back their trail after an off-duty police officer was almost sexually assaulted while jogging on Sunday.

The neighborhood is known as a safe one and a nice one, with a delightful recreational past that has become very popular. It's alarming to residents that an off-duty Chicago police officer would be the target of a predator.

The Sauganash trail is on an old railroad embankment, popular with joggers, dog walkers, cyclists. Residents and the alderman are calling on the community to take it back from predators and offenders.

The officer was knocked down while jogging Sunday afternoon. Police said she fought him, gouged his eye and kicked him and he ran away. There was a report of a similar attack on another jogger three miles away on Tuesday.

The description of the man is the same in both cases: A Hispanic man in his 20s, 5' 7" tall, wearing a gray t-shirt and jeans. Residents reported seeing someone who fit that description Wednesday afternoon near a school. Police responded but no arrests were made in that case.

Police are warning residents to be alert when they are out and to walk in pairs if possible. But residents here hope to have hundreds of people on the trail, in order to discourage crime and make it a safe place once again.

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