Update: Cops 'Making Good Progress' In Case Of Facebook Live Sexual Assault Of Girl, 15
By Stephen Gossett in News on Mar 21, 2017 3:40PM
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Police have found a missing 15-year-old Lawndale girl who family and police say was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live. At least one person was being questioned by police about the attack on Tuesday, according to reports. As of Wednesday morning, several people had been questioned by authorities in the case, ABC7 reports.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Tuesday morning via Twitter that the girl was reunited with her mother and speaking with detectives.
According to WGN, the girl didn't come home from a trip to the store on Sunday afternoon. The girl's mother told the station that she believes her daughter was sexually assaulted in a video that she and other family members saw broadcast on Facebook Live.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that several people had viewed the video on social media but did not notify police. “What’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw this and they didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911,” Johnson told WGN. “That’s just not right and (we’re) working on it and try to bring it to a successful resolution.” At least 40 people viewed the assault without contacting authorities, according to reports.
Guglielmi said on Tuesday afternoon that police were "making good progress" in identifying persons of interest, but detectives had not yet filed any charges. Alderman Michael Scott (24th) told the Tribune that police informed him that one juvenile person had been arrested.
UPDATE: CPD making good progress identifying persons of interest in 10th Dist assault. Interviews ongoing but no formal suspects named yet— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) March 21, 2017
This post has been updated.