Girl sexually assaulted on Train near Gilman, Man avoided search 


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GILMAN – Local law enforcement agencies are on the hunt for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl on an Amtrak train Wednesday.

According to the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office, it happened around 11 a.m. when officers were called to the Gilman train station for reports of a sexual assault of the juvenile victim.

The suspect has been identified as Joel T Smith, 33 of Michigan who was last seen running east of K and H Truck Plaza.  The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office, Kankakee Sheriff’s Office and Bradley Police and multiple other agencies conducted a search of the area for Smith who managed to avoid law enforcement.

Joel T Smith (Photo: Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office)

Smith can easily be identified by a tattoo on his neck.  Police report Smith is considered dangerous and you should call 9-1-1 if he’s seen.


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