Girl, 14, reportedly assaulted in San Tan Valley

At about 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report of an incident involving a 14-year-old female who said that an unknown male had grabbed her while she was walking on Cambria Drive from Zampino Street in San Tan Valley.

The girl said she was walking west toward her bus stop, alone, when this happened, according to a press release from PCSO. She said did not see the man’s face clearly, but thought he was a dark-skinned white or Hispanic male, whom she described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall, wearing dark pants and a hooded sweater obscuring his face, according to the release.

The victim described the male walking toward her on the sidewalk at about 6:30 a.m. As he passed her, he grabbed her around the shoulders in what she called a bear-hug. She screamed and waved at a passing car, at which time the male released his hold and she ran away, according to the release. She last saw the man walking toward Kenworthy on Cambria.

The incident was reported to the sheriff’s office about 30 minutes after it occurred. No suspects or witnesses have been located at this time. School officials have been notified of the incident and are working with PCSO to inform parents and the community of the incident.

People with any information that would help identify the suspect should immediately call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111 or e-mail pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov.

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