A 47-year-old Riverside woman reported to police on Wednesday that she was raped in an alley behind 63 Forest Ave. in Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
According to Riverside police, the woman was on her way home from work at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night. She said she had gotten off the westbound Metra train and was walking through the alley when someone struck her on the head from behind.
A man reportedly told her not to scream, pulled her pants down and raped her before fleeing westbound on Forest Avenue toward First Avenue, police said. The woman did not report the incident until 8:50 p.m. the next day, police said. The woman told police she believes she was followed by her attacker from the train platform.
Police have canvassed the alley where the incident allegedly happened and have contacted the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad to see if there is any video surveillance footage that might be useful in the investigation. Police have also reached out to the Pillars social service agency to see if the victim is willing to work with one of that organization’s victim advocates.
Police will also be interviewing public works employees who were working to repair a major water main break at the time of the alleged incident to see if they saw someone running westbound on Forest Avenue from the scene.
Riverside police officers will be present on the Metra train platform tonight and for several more evenings between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.
Weitzel said police will notify the public of any new valid information as soon as it becomes available. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 447-2127 or email Detective Sgt. David Krull at firstname.lastname@example.org.