Suspect linked to 9 separate sexual attacks on Phoenix kids

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PHOENIX -- A 12-year-old girl was walking to her friend's house in Phoenix when out of nowhere, "This guy came up behind me and started pulling down my pants."

Young victim warns other girls

The pre-teen attack victim talks about what ran through her head during the confrontation.

"I thought I was never going to see my family again. I was scared. I thought he would just rape me and kill me."

This all happened on June 11 near Turney and 22nd Drive.

Police say that the suspect in this attack has now been connected to nine sexual attacks in the area. All have been against young girls between 7 and 17 years old.

The area of most of the attacks has been between Indian School and Camelback roads and 19th Avenue and Interstate 17.

According to police, the attacker has been unable to complete the sexual assault due to interference or fear of discovery.

The most recent victim was not fully assaulted either.

"I started screaming and he covered my mouth then he let go and ran away and I ran to my friend's house."

The victim's friend, Samantha Bub, describes what happened right afterward.

"She came screaming to my house, holding me tight, yelling, 'That man!' I asked what happened and she couldn't stop crying."

That man is still on the loose, and police are asking for the public's help in locating him. Police have passed out fliers with his sketch on them warning the public.

"I have two little girls, two little girls that like to play outside so it's very scary," said neighborhood mom Sophia Cortez.

Another parent, Crystal Quintana, expresses a similar concern.

"They used to go out and play all the time, but now that this happened, I won't let them," she said.

Neighbors are especially worried becuase this attack happened in the middle of the day -- near the Dumpsters -- in an area with lots of traffic.

The reason why the 12-year-old victim now thinks twice before walking alone.

"I have my mom walk me now," she said. "Watch out because it could happen to you and it's scary."

She advises everyone to be aware of their surroundings and says, "If anybody sees him, run to the nearest phone and call 911."