Sketch released of man who tried to sexually assault teen girl in car in Newark

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police released a sketch of the man wanted in the attempted sexual assault of a teenage girl in Newark.

The 16-year-old victim was attacked while on her way to the first day of school.

Authorities say the man in the sketch tried to push her into the back seat of a black SUV at Muhammad Ali Avenue and Broome Street around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The girl managed to escape unharmed.

The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 30 with a medium complexion. He is approximately 5-foot-7, has a beard and a 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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