Teenager attacked in Petersburg

By Nicole Bell, NBC12 News

A violent crime in Petersburg has a community on edge. Police say a teenager was walking home when two men knocked her to the ground and tried to sexually assault her.

The victim ultimately scared her attackers off by yelling, kicking and screaming. But, the two suspects are still on the loose.

The 1700 block of Johnson Road is usually darker than most streets at night. "We don't have any lights out here at all," says Terre Bailey, who says she's shocked by what happened Thursday night.

Police say around 9:30 p.m., a 19-year-girl was walking by herself when two men in a car pulled up beside her. The men asked the teen if she wanted a ride. When she said no, police say that's when one of the men jumped out of the car and chased the girl.

The teen was caught and knocked to the ground.

Police say the men pulled some of the girl's clothing off.

But, the teen fought back and scared off her attackers.
Seventeen-year-old Courtnei Baines says it could have easily happened to her. Baines says, "I'd usually get up go outside the house at night, walk out, come back and not think twice about it. Now, I will."

Petersburg Police are reminding residents that if possible never walk alone at night.

Officer Latisha Washington says, "You want to make sure your walking with a person there's always safety in numbers."

Officer Washington says it's also important to be aware of your surroundings. Washington says, "You don't want to have tunnel vision, meaning, you only see what's in front of you, know what's in front of you, beside you, behind you."

Vack on Johnson Road, Babette Price told her daughter about the crime. She's relieved the victim is okay. Price says, "I wish everyone would be more vigilent in watching the area and watching out for each other."

Police have not released a description of the suspects. They do say the men were driving a 1990 Crown Victoria.

If you have any information on this crime call police.

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