Mesa police release sketch of suspect that grabbed teen

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MESA -- A 16-year-old boy fought off an attacker while walking near Cheshire and Broadway Road in Mesa Monday morning.

According to the Mesa Police Department, the teen was walking to Skyline High School about 8:45 a.m. when he noticed an Asian male in a white sedan circling him.

Police say the car pulled alongside of the boy. The driver got out and opened the passenger door. The suspect then grabbed the teen, threw him against the car and yelled at him to perform a sexual act.

The teen fought back, punching the suspect in the groin, and was eventually able to wriggle free from his sweater and run home.

The suspect is described as an Asian male, 30 to 50 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall, 120 to 140 pounds, olive complexion, thin mustache and thinning hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and brown shorts.

The suspect was last seen driving a 2003 or newer white four-door sedan, possibly an Acura. It had a 1-inch-wide chrome trim on the sides and tan interior with a plaid child's car seat placed behind the driver's seat. The possible license plate number is 278MXT.

Police say the boy is not a student at the high school but attends the ROTC program.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS