Suspect in custody following attempted sexual assault in Philadelphia's Holmesburg section

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police say a suspect is in custody following the attempted sexual assault of a woman who was walking with her baby in the city's Holmesburg section.

According to police, the 27-year-old woman was walking in the 8000 block of Craig Street at about 4 p.m. Monday when she was approached by a man.

The man attacked her and attempted to sexually assault her, police said. The suspect got away with the woman's cell phone.

"She was just walking with her children...and he came in back of her and pushed her down. I think he was supposed to have said something to her," said neighbor Shirley McClain.

Captain Mark Burgmann, of the Special Victims Unit, said the man demanded sex from the woman.

"Two times she stated no. At that time the suspect pushed her to the ground and attempted to unbuckle her pants," he said.

The victim was able to fight the suspect off. She and her children did not suffer medical injuries but were shaken by what happened.

"She's terrified. I haven't seen her, but to walk with your kids in the afternoon, very scary," said McClain.

Police have not released the identity of the suspect in custody or the charges he faces.
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