Transgender woman raped at Lawndale CTA station

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CHICAGO — On Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that transgender woman was raped at a CTA Pink Line station in Lawndale on Monday.

The newspaper reported that police had been called for a man loitering around and found Karan Brown trying to leave a gangway and an Oak Park woman crying on the ground.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Prosecutors said the officers initially responded when CTA employees called about Brown loitering at the Pulaski Pink Line Station.

Brown left the station before police arrived and encountered the woman on a bicycle outside the station. Brown and the woman, who had never met before, started a conversation and Brown invited her to hang out at a house next to the CTA station, prosecutors said.

When they entered a gangway to go to the home, Brown grabbed her by the neck, took off his pants and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. Brown also bit her twice on the neck, leaving bite marks, during the assault, prosecutors said.

The woman saw officers arriving at the station during the attack and began crying out for help, leading Brown to stop the assault and attempt to flee, prosecutors said. Officers heard her cries and stopped Brown as he was leaving the gangway and saw the woman on the ground in tears.

Brown faces a count of aggravated criminal sexual assault in the attack, prosecutors said.

He is being held without bail, the Sun-Times reported.

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