Surveillance video shows man accused of sexually assaulting a middle schooler

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Brittany Jeffers - Reporter

HOUSTON - Police have released new surveillance video in hopes of identifying a man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a girl.

According to authorities, the assault happened around 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at an apartment on Antoine Drive near De Soto Street in northwest Harris County.

The man in the video is seen walking through a hallway with a small towel or rag on his head. 

Police said he entered the complex and paced around before walking to the mail area, where the 13-year-old victim was waiting for her mail. 

Authorities said the man then grabbed the young girl and sexually assaulted her in the common area of the complex before fleeing.

The victim was transported to a hospital where she was treated for injuries she received during the assault, authorities said. 

Houston Police Department Detective Vanessa Garcia said she believes that the man may have been watching the teenager. 

"When she was alone, he saw the opportunity to grab her and brutally sexually assault her," Garcia said. 

Garcia said that she believes that the suspect is a member of the community. 

"He was very bold to sexually assault her at 1 p.m. when people were walking by," Garcia said. "Someone could have seen something."

Police are hoping that the video will help lead them to an arrest.

The man wanted in connection with the assault is tall, thin and black. He is seen in the video wearing long blue, checkered pants, a blue tank top and black, open-toed shoes.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS, or the Houston Police Department Special Victims Division at 713-308-1100.

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