Phoenix girl assaulted on way to school; suspect sketch released

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Phoenix police are searching for a man who reportedly assaulted a teenage girl on her way to school Monday morning.

According to police, the 15-year-old was approached by a man in the area of 6600 W. Watkins Street, which is near 67th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, at approximately 7:10 a.m.

"She had actually missed her school bus, so she was walking alone," said Sgt. Jonathan Howard.

Howard said the suspect engaged her in brief conversation then grabbed her backpack and began searching through it. He then pushed the girl to the ground and began to assault her, but she was able to yell and kick him.

The suspect fled on foot and has not been located. He did not take any of the victim's property.

"She did some things really good," Howard said. "My best advice is trust your instincts, do something unexpected, and be aware of your surroundings."

The suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 30 years old, tall, thin, with a mustache and beard. He was wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect and are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating him. Anyone with information regarding this incident or suspect is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crime Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

"If somebody's going to go out and victimize a 15-year-old girl on her way to school, it's concerning for everybody and it should be," Howard said. "So we need to watch out for each other in our neighborhoods."