BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Police are searching for a teenager accused of pulling a woman from her bicycle and sexually assaulting her in Belleville, Illinois early Saturday morning.
Police say the 51-year-old victim was riding her bike home from a friend’s house in the 1100 block of West D Street when she was pulled from her bike by her coat around 1:30 a.m.
“She was pulled from her bike and she states she was pulled into an alley way area and she was forced by the male to perform sexual acts,” said Belleville Police Sergeant Mark Heffernan.
Authorities say the victim described the suspect as a black man in his mid-to-late teens with a medium build with short or shaved hair. The victim told police the suspect was wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident.
Police say the suspect fled the scene westbound on West D Street.
The victim was transported to the hospital with minor scrapes and bruises.
The victim told police she did not know the suspect.
According to police, the suspect was unarmed during the incident.
Police say there have been no other similar incidents reported in the area.
“An alleged random attack like this of this violent natures, it’s very rare for us to deal with,” Heffernan said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Belleville Police or Crimestoppers.