Loyola University Chicago

Campus Safety

Crime Alert - Criminal Sexual Abuse Reported Near 6333 N. Winthrop Ave.

September 7, 2016

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to notify you about a criminal sexual abuse that occurred early this morning just before 1 a.m.

A Loyola student was walking southbound at 6333 N. Winthrop Avenue, near Simpson Hall, and was approached from behind by an unknown male on a bicycle who groped the student. The student was able to break free, return to the residence hall, and contact Campus Safety. The offender was last seen fleeing northbound on Winthrop Avenue toward Sheridan Road.

The offender is described as male, 20–25 years old, approximately 5’7,” and 160 pounds. He is reported as having medium-length black hair and a black beard and was last seen wearing a black headband, t-shirt (color unknown), cargo shorts (color unknown), and a black and gray backpack. The offender was riding a light gray bike.

If anyone has information on the incident, please call Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

Please also keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Always stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Refrain from using headphones or talking on the phone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat.
  • Be wary of unsolicited strangers. If someone approaches you on the street, keep moving and try to avoid additional contact.
  • If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.

Sincerely,

Joe Bogdalek
Deputy Chief, Campus Safety