Woman sexually assaulted in River Forest

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

According to River Forest police reports, a 27-year-old Oak Park woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted by an unknown offender on April 2, in incidents that occurred at least partly in the village of River Forest.

The offender, described as a black male about 30 years old, with light skin, reddish-brown hair and freckles, identified himself to the victim as Jervon Jones.

Sgt. Michael Thornley said the woman met her attacker at Shrine Nightclub in Chicago, located on the 2100 block of S. Wabash., and the two agreed to go to a second club together, but rode in separate vehicles. After being refused entry to the second club, the two drove separately to a Subway restaurant on the 6000 block of W. North Ave in Chicago, where the offender joined the victim in her car.

An argument ensued, and the offender reportedly stole, and later returned, the victim's car keys and cellphone. He then forced the victim to drive to a location in River Forest near Park and Chicago, where he sexually assaulted her for the first time.

The offender then forced the victim to drive back to the Subway restaurant and join him in his car. He drove to an unspecified location and sexually assaulted her for the second time.

There were no reports of a weapon being used in the assaults, but the victim claimed that her attacker threatened to force her into prostitution if she did not comply.

The offender released the victim, who went home and fell asleep for more than an hour before going to the hospital for an examination. The sexual assault report was made to River Forest police on April 8.

Thornley said Oak Park police are also investigating the sexual assault. Calls to the Oak Park police about the incident were not immediately returned.

Thornley said sexual assault cases can be tough to prosecute. "These are difficult. These are very difficult," he said, adding that he's confident the police will track down and arrest the perpetrator. But a conviction, he said, will be much more challenging.

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