Teenage girl target of attempted sexual assault on 1st day of school in Newark

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault after a teenage girl was attacked as she headed to the first day of school in Newark.

Authorities say the 16-year-old was attacked by a man who tried to push her into the back seat of a black SUV at Muhammad Ali Avenue and Broome Street at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The girl managed to escape unharmed.

The suspect is described as a black male between the age of 25-30 with a medium complexion.

He is 5'6" to 5'8" tall, has a beard, low haircut with waves and was wearing black framed sunglasses.

Parents and students in the area say there was a similar incident at the end of last school year.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Newark Police Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).

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