[Updated: Arrest made] Sept. 1 sexual assault in downtown Bloomington parking garage: Police looking for suspect

[Updated on Sept. 7, at 2:25 p.m. BPD issued a news release on Sept. 7 announcing the arrest of a suspect in the case—Andre J. Hardy, a 27-year-old man from Joliet, Illinois, which is about 35 miles south of Chicago.]

In connection with a Thursday night sexual assault, Bloomington police are looking for a suspect described in a news release as a thin Black male who is believed to be taller than six feet.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the suspect’s identity to call Bloomington police detective Jon Muscato at (812) 349-3326.

According to the Saturday afternoon news release, an 18-year-old woman reported that she was assaulted in the Morton Street parking garage just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. The woman said she had gone into the parking garage from the 6th Street alley and had taken the steps to the third floor, and started looking for her vehicle.

According to the release, as she was walking up the ramp to the fourth floor, she noticed that a man seemed to be following her. The woman said the man then grabbed her from behind, tackled her into a space between two parked vehicles, and sexually assaulted her.

The woman yelled for help and heard footsteps approaching, according to the release. The suspect got up and fled from the scene. The suspect ran from the garage heading north across 7th Street, according to the release.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the suspect’s identity to call Bloomington police detective Jon Muscato at (812) 349-3326.

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