Student struck by ‘blunt metal object’ hospitalized after attack

A 21-year-old DePaul student was struck on the head at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, near the intersection of Sheffield and Altgeld just north of campus.

The female student was approached from behind and struck with a “blunt metal object” in the 900 block of West Altgeld Street, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien.

The student was taken to Illinois Masonic where she was treated for a laceration to her head. She was not knocked unconscious but required “a few stitches” and was later released from the hospital, DePaul Public Safety Director Bob Wachowski said.

The offender fled east on Altgeld and was described as a black male in his 20s standing about 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, wearing a baseball hat and gray hooded sweatshirt, O’Brien said.

Even after four students were robbed near the Lincoln Park campus quad the morning of Sept. 30, Wachowski said the time of this incident was uncommon.

“We have not had a lot of crimes like this happen during the busy times,” Wachowski said. “We do live in the city and we need to be aware of our surroundings at all times.” Police said no one was in custody and the case was still under investigation.