Fort Worth

Girl Assaulted Before School, Tells Bus Driver in Fort Worth: Police

The bus driver called police, who are searching for the unknown suspect.

A 13-year-old girl says a man physically assaulted her as she walked to school Thursday morning.

The girl, who speaks limited English and attends the Fort Worth Independent School District's International Newcomer Academy, managed to escape the man at about 7 a.m. and was able to get to the bus stop at Calmont Avenue and Laredo Drive where she reported the attack to a school bus driver.

The bus driver called police and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Her current condition is unknown.

Sgt. Chris Britt with the Fort Worth Police Department said the girl is now prevented from communicating due to her injuries, and was only able to provide a vague description of the stranger who attacked her.

Police said they are looking for a white or Hispanic man between 30- and 40-years-old who was wearing a light-colored shirt and dark pants.

Investigators did not reveal Thursday afternoon where the attack took place, but did say they were searching a field near the bus stop that is monitored for homeless people or people who would commit crimes.

In a letter sent to parents Thursday afternoon, the International Newcomer Academy recommended students walking to school, or the bus stop, utilze a buddy system and walk with another student, friend or a family member.

The school added the attack presented an opportunity for adults to talk with children about the dangers of being approached by strangers.

Further details of the attack have not been released, pending the ongoing investigation, and police were unable to say if the attack was an attempted abduction.

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