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Girl fights off teen attacker

June 20, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Police didn’t know it at the time, but a male teenager seen in the area of Mack and Moross during the afternoon of Saturday, June 15, would be reported a few hours later pestering a 13-year-old girl on a residential sidewalk.

The girl fought off the teen and, with her mother, alerted police.

The incident happened at 4:16 p.m., while the girl, of the Farms, walked on Lothrop between Kercheval and Ridge, she told officers.

She told police she was walking when the male rode up on a yellow BMX-style bicycle.

He said, “Let me play with you for a minute,” the girl told Officer Timothy Harris.

She kept walking. He reportedly persisted, saying, “OK, you’re shy.”

He grabbed her arm.

“(She) stated she turned and punched him in the stomach,” Harris said. “The suspect then said, ‘Oh, you’re frisky now.’”

The man grabbed the girl again, she told Harris.

“She kneed him and ran away,” Harris said. “(I) observed a red mark on (her) arm.”

There were no witnesses.

“Nobody on a beautiful day saw this girl or heard her scream,” said Detective Lt. Richard Rosati.

The girl described the teen as a 17-year-old black male, with dark skin, short hair, wearing a red shirt and dark pants.

Police couldn’t find him.

“The suspect was seen prior to the report by (a patrolman) traveling east on Mack near Moross,” Harris said.

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