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Additional Women Come Forward After Being Sexually Assaulted By Bicyclist

Additional women have come forward since we first reported about this string of assaults in which a bicyclist approaches women from behind and inappropriately gropes, grabs or slaps them.

The majority of the incidents happened on Sept. 14, all within a couple hours of each other. However, police report of another incident earlier in September and two additional since the first alert was issued.

The suspect, who is identified as a 25 to 40-year-old male white or male white Hispanic, rode a silver BMX or mountain bike. He is wanted for criminal sexual abuse and battery against women. All the victims were women walking alone or with children. The first incidents reported by police were:

• Sept. 14 at 10:33 a.m., 4400 block of N Ravenswood

• Sept. 14 at 10:45 a.m., 4600 block of N Campbell

• Sept. 14 at 11 a.m., 2300 block of W Sunnyside

The additional incidents reported by police were:

• Sept. 3 at 3:15 p.m., 5900 block of N Maplewood

• Sept. 14 at 9:49 a.m., 1400 block of W Pratt

• Sept. 14 at 10:55 a.m., 4800 block of N Magnolia

• Sept. 14 at 11:25 a.m., 2700 block of W Bryn Mawr

• Sept. 20 at 12:30 a.m., 2200 block of W Leland

• Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m., 5000 block of N Wolcott

Authorities said at least two of the women chased or confronted the suspect but Chicago Police advise against taking those actions. Police also are warning women to avoid talking to strangers, approaching strange vehicles and to walk in pairs.

It is advised to call 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity in the area. Anyone with information should call Area North Detectives at (312) 744-8200 or send tips anonymously at TIPSOFT.COM.

Hat tip DNAinfo

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