Oak Park police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who reportedly struck a woman with a feces-filled sock as she rode a Blue Line train on Dec. 12.

The eastbound train stopped at Austin Boulevard about 4:50 p.m., according to a police statement. The 21-year-old victim told police the suspect hit her with the object as they both left the el car at the Austin stop. He then fled up the exit ramp and north on Austin.

Oak Park police released photos from CTA security cameras and would welcome the help of citizens in identifying the suspect. The police phone is 708-386-3800. Tips may be left anonymously at 708-434-1636.

Two child harassment incidents reported

Oak Park police and District 97 school officials received two reports of an individual attempting to talk to a teenager walking in Oak Park on Dec. 18.

A 13-year-old Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School student said she was walking southbound on the east side of Harlem Avenue approaching Chicago Avenue around 8 a.m. when a man walked past her and made a suggestive comment, according to statements from police and D97 Supt. Albert Roberts.

The girl said she saw the same man around the same time the next day as she walked down Harlem Avenue near Paulina Street. This time, the man was in a white minivan, possibly a taxi, according to police. The man motioned her towards the vehicle as he drove past her on Paulina and turned south on Harlem.

Police also received a report of a woman offering a 13-year-old boy a ride at Adams Street and Ridgeland Avenue the next day, but an update from Roberts Friday said police determined it was unfounded. The woman was a teacher who told detectives she thought she recognized the student.


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