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Police: Man attempted to assault woman at Lincoln Square store

Surveillance image of the man who chased an employee out of Palette Fragrances, 4819 N. Western Ave., on Sept. 15. | Courtesy Palette Fragrances

Police are investigating the attempted assault of a 26-year-old woman Thursday afternoon while she was working at a Lincoln Square perfume store on the Northwest Side.

At 2:52 p.m., the woman was behind the counter of Palette Fragrances, 4819 N. Western Ave., when an unknown male chased her from behind the counter after repeatedly trying to talk to her, according to Chicago Police and a surveillance video released by the store. Fearing a confrontation, the woman ran out of the store while the male continued to chase her.

He then damaged several items in the store before running off westbound on Western, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man with several tattoos on his lower right arm, thought to be between the ages of 35 and 45, standing between 6-feet and 6-foot-2 and weighing between 250 and 280 pounds, police said.

He was seen wearing a backwards maroon baseball cap with a Chicago Blackhawks logo, dark-colored T-shirt, dark-colored jeans and black construction boots, police said. He was also carrying a dark-colored hooded jacket over his shoulder.

No one was in custody as Area North detectives investigated.