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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Hollywood Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect accused of harassing and battering a girl walking home.
The 16-year-old girl was walking home from school.
“I was scared, I was crying,” she said. “I didn’t want no one touching me.”
She tells police the man on this bike approached her in the middle on the afternoon on Monday, November 18th near south 29th Avenue and Dewey Street in Hollywood.
“He was on the bike and he was just making nasty comments on how he wanted to sexually, have sex with me and how he wanted to. He tried to touch my butt.”
That’s when the teen said she raced for her front door, and he was right behind her.
“He got off his bike and I had on a skirt and he tried to put his hand on my butt, so I slapped his hands and I tried to run in my house,” she said.
Just as she was getting into her house, she said he tried to force his way in. That’s when she went on the defensive.
“I did self-defense,” she explained. “I kicked him in his private area cause I learned from watching Criminal Minds that kicking a boy down there really, really hurts, so that’s what I did to restrain him from touching me.”
As he doubled in pain from that groin kick, she was able to lock the door and call for help.
Authorities said the suspect was heard saying, “I will return.”
Police tell CBS4, in this case, fighting back saved her from potentially being raped.
“This girl was smart,” said Hollywood Police officer Christian Lata. “She went home, locked the door behind her. She wasn’t scared of fighting back and she fought back and I believe that’s was really saved her.”
Police are also reminding parents to talk about safety with their kids.
“Sit down with your kids, have a plan if something like this happens; what they’re going to do, where they’re going to go and to please call 911,” said Lata.
The suspect was last seen riding a black mountain bicycle with white handlebars, wearing a white shirt and smelling of cigarettes.
Hollywood Police detectives believe there could be other victims who are reluctant to come forward.
They are urging anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts to call police at (954) 967-4636.