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updated: 8/2/2012 5:15 PM

Prospect Heights woman assaulted by con man

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By Freida Gad

A 65-year-old Prospect Heights woman was assaulted by a man when she denied his claim that something was wrong with her sewer, according to police reports.

The man rang the front doorbell at a home on the 800 block of East Camp McDonald Road around 11:50 a.m. July 25 and told the woman who answered the door that he was from a sewer company and that three men would be at her home the next day for the sewer problems.

When she told him she didn't have sewer problems, the man punched her in the face and followed her into the foyer, grabbing her by the shoulders, causing her to fall to the floor, scraping her right knee.

When she shouted for her husband, the man ran from the house, with the 70-year-old spouse in pursuit. The man first ran east, but then turned around and ran back, saying, "I'm sorry, something is wrong with my family," as he passed the husband.

He turned north from Camp McDonald onto Coldren Drive and may have fled in a black car, police reports said. He was described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, brown hair and wearing a white polo shirt, tan shorts and gym shoes.

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