FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville police said a male suspect attempted to attack a 13-year-old girl as she was walking to the bus stop Thursday morning.
Around 6:40 a.m., police were called to a street adjacent to Carvers Fall Road following the attempted attack.
The suspect grabbed the girl, who was not accompanied by an adult, but she was able to get away and run home, police said.
The victim was not injured.
The victim told police she didn’t know the race of the suspect but he stood 6 feet tall and had a stocky build. He was dressed in a dark-colored zip-up hoodie, dark jeans and a black mask.
The suspect was described to have smelled of alcohol and marijuana.
Yadiel Sanchez Rosareo waited Friday afternoon for Cumberland County school bus to drop off his 5-year-old nephew. He said he always goes to the bus stop, “for safety, because leaving a little kid walking around every day, it’s kind of a no.”
Police are advising parents to do likewise.
“Your child may be getting picked up as early as 6:30 in the morning, so it would always be a good idea to chaperone them out there,” said Fayetteville police Lt. Todd Joyce.
The principal of the girl’s school was never formally notified of the incident, so parents in the neighborhood weren’t notified.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective A. Comer with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 703-7752 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet, or by downloading the P3 Tips app.