Teen fights back and escapes man who tries to rape her

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A 13-year-old Richmond girl fought back against her attacker when he tried to rape her on the way home from the bus stop. It happened in broad daylight Wednesday, around 3 p.m. in the 2700 block of Alexander Avenue. That's on the same block as Summer Hill Elementary.

The teen was walking home from the bus stop, just a block long walk and a cut through an alley. But a man was there, and attacked her.

"He grabs her by the back of the neck and then he has her at gunpoint. She said she tried to scream. He covered her mouth," said Chimere Smith, the victim's mother.

Smith tells us the suspect walked her daughter down the alley, even loaded a gun in front of the teen to scare her. She says the man threatened her daughter, telling her if she told anyone he would kill her.

"He has her at gunpoint, he tells her to lay down on the ground. He's sucking all over her neck, and fiddling with her private area," Smith said, describing what happened.

But the teen was a survivor. She fought back against her attackers and escaped. Her home is on the other side of the alley.

"Once she pushed him to get him up off of her, she snatched her cell phone from him and she runs," Smith told us.

She tells us she's always coached her daughter on how to fight back in a situation just like this.

"I'm extremely proud of her, I'm extremely proud…all I can say is thank you Jesus," said Smith.

Now, the victim's friends and family want the man who did it, off the street.

"I hope they get him. I need him off the street like now. Cause I'm pretty much nervous myself," said Smith

"I'm just shocked it happened behind her house and where I live at so I'm most definitely scared to be outside," added her friend," Chanice Rife.

We're told the victim did not recognize her attacker. She has some large bruises on her neck and was scared, but is otherwise ok and receiving counseling through the school system.

We're told Richmond City schools is alerting parents of students in the area to remain vigilant.

Police say they have a suspect. He's described as a 6 foot tall black man weighing about 200 pounds. He has a light complexion with acne bumps and was last seen wearing a black shirt with a collar, black pants, and black boots. He also wore glasses.

If you've seen anyone in this area when the crime occurred who matches this description, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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