Police are asking for help from the public in finding a man they say tried to sexually assault a 10-year-old girl in Queens early Monday morning. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.
Police say the man depicted in the sketch above tried to rape a 10-year-old girl as she walked to a bus stop in Jamaica this week.
The area where he attacked her is a major hive of morning rush activity.
"Seven o'clock, it's pretty, you know, it's bright and everybody's out here, so that's kind of scary. So I'm really shocked at that, actually," said one person.
The girl was transferring from one city bus to another at 7:15 a.m. Monday. Police say that's when she walked near 168th Street and Douglas Avenue, near the Wonder Bread factory, and was thrown to the ground.
Police say the man who threw the girl down told her he would rape her, but was scared off by a passing car.
The fifth grader was unharmed. She continued on to her school and reported the incident to officials.
"First of all, a 10-year-old girl should not be walking to school by herself," said one person.
Others say school busing rules force older children to take mass transit, and often alone. They say that maybe parents should reconsider their kids' route.
"It's sad for the children to have to walk through here by theirself because their parents go to work," said one person.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, though, said this is about a crime, not about busing.
"It has nothing to do with middle-school busing restrictions," he said. "It was just some person out there who is unfortunately a major criminal attacking our children, and it's a police department case, and the police department will take care of it."
Described as in his 30s, the suspect is still on the loose, and police hope the sketch will help track him down.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.