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Woman’s screams bring Edgewater Beach neighbors to her aid

Sketch of suspect in Edgewater Beach attack which took place early Friday morning. If you have any information contact police at 312-744-8261
Credits: ( Chicago police / October 26, 2012 )

She was walking through an alley on her way to the Bryn Mawr Red Line “L” station early Friday morning when she was approached from behind by a man who struck her in the head several times, robbed her of a watch and earring and then attempted to sexually assault her

The attack took place at 5:40 a.m. The 30-year old victim was walking in the alley in the 5600 block of North Kenmore Avenue when the assailant grabbed her. The victim started screaming for the man to let go of her.

The Tribune reported that a man who lives nearby heard her screaming: “Let go, let go!”

According to a community alert issued by Area North detectives the neighbor saw the man punch her in the face, remove her clothing and go through her pockets.

The attacker slammed her head on the pavement several times and the neighbor, another man, and a building security officer all ran outside to help her. The attacker yelled in an accented voice to stay away and lunged towards the men before fleeing, the report said.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.
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