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Woman allegedly bound, sexually assaulted at River North hotel

CHICAGO (September 10, 2018) – Chicago police are investigating after a woman was reportedly bound with duct tape and sexually assaulted in a popular River North hotel over the weekend.

Police say a man with a gun followed a 36-year-old woman’s room on the sixth floor of The Godfrey Hotel Saturday night, restrained her with duct tape and zip ties, and then sexually assaulted her. The offender then took the woman’s ATM card and forced her to give him the pin before he left.

The Godfrey Hotel’s General Manager said the woman was discovered “in distress” by hotel staff after the door was left open. Police were immediately called to the scene and the woman was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She was released in good condition Sunday.

WGN News reports the suspect was captured on surveillance cameras. He is described as a heavily tattooed white man with a goatee, about 5’10” and last seen wearing a white shirt and jeans. In addition to the surveillance images, police say they have leads to follow from evidence found inside the room, including the duct tape and DNA.

The Godfrey Hotel does have security measures requiring guests to use a key card to access floors after 9 p.m., but the assault happened before that time.

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