CHICAGO (WLS) — A man is said to have attempted to sexually assault a USPS mailman before stealing her mail truck in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood on Saturday morning, according to Chicago Police Department.
Police have released a still image captured by surveillance cameras at a petrol station supermarket shortly before the attack. They hope it will help them locate this man the USPS describes as “armed and dangerous.”
The 28-year-old postal worker got into her mail vehicle at Block 2800 of South Pulaski Road at 9:15 a.m. when she found a man hiding inside, police said.
CPD issued a community alert that said the suspect “pulled her hair and directed her to drive to a nearby parking lot … and then told her to go to the back of the van and remove her clothes.” .”
When she tried to escape through the back of the van, the suspect hit her and stripped off some of her clothing, police said.
After a fight, the victim finally managed to flee with the suspect and then drove away in their mail vehicle, police said.
“We saw a lot of cop cars speeding south, says this woman who was preparing a flea market not half a block from the gas station,” said Nora Favela of Little Village.
The abandoned truck was found a short time later at Block 4500 of West Marquette Road in West Lawn.
The victim was taken to St. Anthony Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was discharged, according to the USPS.
The alert says the suspect has multiple arm and chest tattoos and a tattoo on the side of his head.
Meanwhile, a second vehicle, also left outside the gas station where the attack took place, could be part of the investigation.
Police couldn’t say if it belonged to the attacker. However, the store manager said it was left running for several hours and never complained about it, so it was towed late Saturday afternoon.
“I came out around 10 a.m. and just saw a couple of police cars and they were driving around and they were looking into a car,” said Sam, a Little Village roommate.
Both the CPD and USPS are asking the public for help. If you recognize the man, the police ask you not to confront him and call detectives.
The Post is now offering a reward of up to $50,000 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information is urged to call the US Postal Inspection Service hotline at 877-876-2455.
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