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Woman Attacked in Palos Hills Park

Police are warning residents about an attack and attempted robbery near Pleasure Lake.

Police are searching for man who attacked and demanded money from a woman near a Palos Hills lake.

The woman was not hurt in the Wednesday afternoon attack, said Palos Hills Deputy Chief James Boie. A search of Pleasure Lake Park hasn't turned up the attacker, who might be homeless and possibly living in the area. Police are continuing their search.

The woman walked into a nearby North Palos Fire Protection District building after the attack, which happened at about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday. She told police she was exercising on a path that runs around the lake when a man knocked her off a bike and asked for money. The attacker ran off when he found out she didn't have any cash.

She described the attacker as white, 6-feet tall, stocky, about 40 years old and fair-skinned. He was wearing a blue polo shirt and ragged jean shorts. The woman said she believes the man is homeless.

Pleasure Lake is near 108th and Roberts Road.

In a phone message on Thursday, Palos Hills Police Chief Paul Madigan asked residents to be careful in heavily wooded area near Pleasure Lake and to report anything suspicious.

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Joe Public September 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Exactly why we need conceal carry laws passed in Illinois! Had she been armed this may not have happened!
Win Biernacki September 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Oh yeah, we're all going to pack a piece when we're running, walking or biking...are you serious? That is a bad idea on so many levels...
anthony September 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Learn gunsmithy and turn an umbrella or grill lighter into a .22
TOUGH ON THE INSIDE September 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I'm all for conceal carry, but pretty positive it would not have helped in this instance!!!!
Aj September 28, 2012 at 01:17 AM
CONCEAL CARRY ALL THE WAY!! when you are exercising it doesn't make you safe and not a target.....just saying.....
Matthew Howe September 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Carry and conceal would not have helped at all in this incident. She was knocked off her bike, because of that she would not have the time to grab her piece. She would initially be in shock from the fall.
Gary September 28, 2012 at 09:12 AM
Conceal and carry should be the law, but the women should have had pepper spray. We should all be carefull,but scared in our everyday life!
Gary September 28, 2012 at 09:14 AM
I meant not scared, sorry for the error.
tmarc75 September 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Woman should have mounted a .50 cal on her bike handlebars to wipeout anyone who got in her way as she exercised.
Tom Ambrose September 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM
BAD ENOUGH WE HAVE REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER RIGHT HERE AT THE BLUE STAR AND THE OTHER HOTELS
Tom Ambrose September 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
time to have my girl and her friend go fishing and wait till someone tries something lol they will be hangin from a tree for sure time we look out for each other around here neighborhood been goin down hill for awhile police cant be everywhere
Tom Ambrose September 28, 2012 at 10:57 PM
a friend of mine thinks its the guy that's been living at the abandoned Yellow truck depot@ 103rd & Harlem & hangs out by the Aldi over there on Southwest Highway & Harlem. Be careful folks...
Nick Swedberg (Editor) September 29, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Thanks for the info, Tom. Did you forward this tip to police?
John October 04, 2012 at 09:34 AM
I can see it now. Girl with a concealed gun riding her bike gets knocked over. Gun falls out of her reach but attacker picks it up and then shoots her. Or maybe this... Girl with a concealed gun rides her bike past a stranger who is also carrying a concealed gun. Stranger has the upper hand due to the element of surprise. Stranger aims weapon at girl who then, is so shaken in fear for her life, not only soils herself but grabs her concealed weapon, only to be shot by the stranger before she can even draw her weapon. Joe, you watch too much tv. Just because someone carries a gun does not make them safe. The bad guys you see on tv dont have that bad aim in real life, and the good guys on tv are not going to outrun the bullets and avoid getting shot. Dont get me wrong, I support ownership of (non-assault)guns, but I dont think conceal carry is the answer to every armed robbery, assault, or shooting spree massacre. Population control, on the other hand, conceal carry just might be the answer.

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