Police: Burglar tried sexually assaulting child

July 17, 2009 9:43:58 AM PDT
Police in Delaware are searching for the man who broke into a home and tried to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl while her family slept. It happened early this morning in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The 12-year-old girl was asleep, as were her father, mother, brother and sister, according to police, when the burglar broke into the home at about 4 a.m. along the 19000 block of Norwood Street in Rehoboth.

Police say the victim told them she was awoken by a black man rubbing her arms who told her to take off her clothing. He then grabbed her around the neck and told her that he would kill her if she screamed, according to police reports.

Investigators say the girl kicked the suspect and screamed, and he fled the home. The girl was not hurt.

Here's the description of the suspect:

  • Medium to Dark complexioned black Male
  • Short cropped hair
  • 5'04" to 5'09" in height
  • Slender build
  • Wearing a red and black basketball jersey
Delaware State Police K-9 and additional units canvassed the area for the suspect however they were unsuccessful. Anyone with information about this case should call police (302) 856-5850 ext. 216 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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