A woman's train ride on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line from Oak Park to Chicago turned into a nightmare last week when she was attacked by a random passenger with a sock filled with human feces, the Pioneer Press reports.
"He had a sock full of his poop on me," the 21-year-old female college student told the Press. "It was everywhere; on my face, my hair, my clothes."
The college student said she was riding an east-bound train from Oak Park to Chicago when the incident occurred last week. The woman, who has requested anonymity, said she screamed after being attacked and tried to follow the assailant but he escaped on foot.
"The guy got on with me at [the] Oak Park [station]," she explained. "I wasn’t really paying attention. ... "Next stop [at Austin], he throws something in my face."
Needless to say, the woman was disgusted and horrified.
“It was like the biggest degradation I’ve ever [experienced]. I wish he had just hit me,” she said.
She continued: "The worst part is nobody had anything to wipe my face with," she said. However, she was able to find some newspapers before paramedics got to the scene. The paramedics reportedly provided her with towels and water.
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Oak Park Police Commander Ladon Reynolds said officers responded by searching for the man in and around a gas station at Harrison Street, but did not find him. Reynolds said police retrieved a photo of a "person of interest" matching the description the woman and other witnesses gave. That man was videotaped on the Austin platform.
"We have photos of the offender and we’re seeking to identify him," Reynolds said of images obtained from the CTA. "We’ve reached out to other [police] agencies and have issued a bulletin."
CTA spokesman Catherine Hosinski said the transit agency has “several high definition video cameras” at each station.
The woman, who said she has a copy of a photo of her assailant taken by a CTA security camera, described her assailant as a black man no older than mid-20s, average build, with facial hair above the mouth and on the chin. She said he wore a hooded sweatshirt and ball cap that partly obscured his face.
What really surprised the woman was the randomness of the assault. She said she had never met her attacker and they never spoke to each other on the train.
"I don’t know why he did it," she added. "I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have done that to a guy."
The brave college student is still able to ride the CTA after the traumatic experience but she is more aware of her surroundings now.
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