Police seeking new leads in assault of 15-year-old girl

Police will be canvassing the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side this afternoon as part of their investigation into an early-morning sexual assault Tuesday that left a 15-year-old girl in critical condition.

Starting at noon, detectives and Grand Central District officers will be speaking with residents near the intersection of West Fullerton Avenue and North Long Avenue, not far from where an assailant attacked the girl as she walked to a bus stop on her way to school.

Today's canvassing follows a community meeting Thursday night in which residents urged police to do whatever they could to solve the crime and prevent similar ones from happening.

Addressing the meeting, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy pledged the department would not let the girl's assailant get away with the attack.

"We’re not going to stop until we solve this crime," he said, to applause. "We are going to make sure that we catch this monster."

Police are urging anyone with information to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

Tribune reporter Michelle Manchir contributed.

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