Lodi police are looking for a man accused of following a teenage girl, knocking her down and trying to sexually assault her before she escaped Tuesday night.
The 16-year-old girl was not physically injured, and she gave police a detailed description of the man, and also worked with a police sketch artist, who released a photo Wednesday.
The girl was walking home around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when she noticed a man was following her, said Cpl. Val Chaban. He followed for two to three blocks, and the girl began walking faster. Then the man attacked her when she reached the entrance of an alley in the 400 block of Flora Street, Chaban said.
The man had the girl on the ground, but she fought back, managing to knock him off balance, Chaban said. The girl fled, and the man did not catch her. She ran home and called police.
The girl had been at a friend's house and was waiting for her mother to pick her up. She "got a little impatient and decided to start walking home," Chaban said.
While he warned against traveling alone at night in the dark, Chaban noted that the girl had done the right thing by being aware of her surroundings and noticing the man following her.
The girl told police that the suspect was a Hispanic man about 30 to 40 years old. He was 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build. He wore a large, baggy pullover hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with black cotton gloves.
Police asked anyone with information on the case to call Detective Steve Maynard at (209) 333-6873. Anonymous callers may contact Lodi-Area Crime Stoppers at (209) 333-6771.