Teen talks about sex assault in home

July 28, 2009 3:52:11 PM PDT
Investigators in Montgomery County believe they have photos of the man who followed a teen around a local store, followed her home and sexually assaulted her. The woman called Lower Providence Township Police late Monday afternoon. The 19-year-old said she had been shopping at the Wal-Mart on the 500 block of South Trooper Road in West Norriton Township and noticed that a man in a silver car followed her home.

Once inside, the victim went to her bedroom and heard the doorknob being turned. She told Action News she thought it was her dad.

When she opened the door, her attacker was standing right there.

"He just came into the house, just walked in," the victim said. "I tried to get him away from me but I wasn't strong enough."

She says she struggled with him, but soon realized she couldn't match his strength. That's when she tried reasoning with him.

"I said 'Why are you here, I don't know why you're doing this.' He said 'I don't know' and I said 'You can just leave.'"

After approximately 15 minutes, the suspect fled and she called 911. She didn't need medical treatment, according to police.

PHOTOS: Store security images of the person of interest

He is described as:

  • White man
  • 30-35 years old
  • Brown, very short hair
  • Wearing a white T-shirt, tan shorts and flip-flops.
  • He was driving a light colored, four-door Honda Accord

Police checked security cameras at the Wal-Mart and found images of the victim and a man matching the suspect's description who seemed to be following her.

When the victim left the store, the man is seen following her out of the store, and his car is seen following the victim's out of the parking lot.

Police say if there's anything to be learned from this attack, it's to follow your instincts.

"She thought she was being followed. If your instincts tell you something, take the precautions necessary," said Lt. Stan Turtle of Lower Providence Township Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lower Providence Township Police Department at 610-539-5900.

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