LINCOLN SQUARE — Women walking the streets near Winnemac Park say a man driving a dark SUV has been sexually harassing them.
Initial reports regarding the incidents of sexual harassment came via posts on two different Facebook community groups for people in the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood areas.
The first incident is described in a July 11 post to a Facebook group for dog owners that frequent Winnemac Park.
In it a woman says she was walking in the 5100 block of North Oakley Avenue earlier that day around 8:40 a.m. when a man in a dark SUV, possibly a jeep, pulled alongside her. The man in the SUV was reportedly exposing himself to her while masturbating. He drove off when the woman says she pulled out her phone.
Jennifer Bryk, a police spokesperson, said the man in the July 11 incident was reportedly masturbating was described as having brown eyes, black hair and was last seen “driving an older model Jeep-style vehicle” when he drove off.
A description of the second incident was posted by a different woman on Tuesday morning to a Facebook group for residents of Ravenswood Manor.
Around 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday two women were speaking to each other at the intersection of North Hoyne Avenue and West Argyle Street. During their conversation, the women alleges a man in a dark SUV, with a similar description to the July 11 incident, pulled alongside them and asked, “Can I suck your toes?”
The man drove away but soon circled back to the location of the two women and began staring at them, the post claims. The woman in the second incident said she filed a police report giving a description of the vehicle and driver to police.
The two alleged incidents happened within a mile of Chappell Elementary School, 2135 W. Foster Ave., and Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen Ave.
Bryk said no further information was available from police as of Tuesday afternoon.