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Deputies release images, ask public to help find attempted rape suspect

Sheriff’s investigators have released images of a man who they say tried to sexually assault a teenage girl in the Lincoln Acres community in South County on Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said the man tackled the 16-year-old girl as she was walking along Prospect Street near Sweetwater Road near National City around 3 p.m.

The victim fought him off and ran, but the man tackled her again.

A good Samaritan who witnessed the attack intervened, which caused the attacker to run away while carrying the victim’s cellphone. The girl was not hurt.

The attacker is described as around 18 years old, Latino, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He has short, curly hair that touches his ears and was wearing a tan shirt with a torn collar and khaki pants.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at (858) 285-6293 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered if a tip leads to an arrest.

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