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Teen girl repels man with punch, police say

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A 15-year-old Montgomery County girl touched by a man inappropriately as she was walking two dogs Wednesday evening chased him off with a punch and a shout, authorities said Thursday.

The suspect was last seen in a dark-colored compact car that had been parked in the Leland Community Center, police said.

Officers first got involved at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, when they were called to the teenager's house in the Chevy Chase area of Montgomery County. They learned of a sexual offense that had occurred about an hour earlier.

Here is how police described what happened as the girl was walking her dogs near 44th Street and Elm Street, according to a release from the county police:

She was approached by an unknown male. He asked for directions to the Bethesda Metro Station. After providing directions the suspect inappropriately touched her. She hit him in his chest with her fist and screamed. The suspect fled in a dark-colored compact car that was parked in the Leland Community Center. The suspect was described as a white male between 25 and 29 years old, 6’ tall, weighing 210 pounds with a bald/shaved head and a beard. He was wearing a black zippered-sweat jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone who has information about this incident and/or suspect is asked to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112, police said.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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