12-year-old Akron girl reports attempted sexual assault enroute to Innes Middle School

Officials: 13-year-old boy rushed to help her

AKRON, Ohio - A 12-year-old girl was grabbed by a man as she was walking to school Wednesday morning, according to Akron Public Schools.

The sixth-grader is recovering at Akron Children's Hospital after what authorities are calling an attempted sexual assault.

The girl was near Innes Middle School before 7 a.m. and the man came up to her and told her he was a security guard. A school spokesperson said that he grabbed her and took her to an adjacent park about 150 yards away.

According to school officials, a 13-year-old boy spotted the girl running back to school and stopped to help her. He waited with her for police to arrive and is being called a "little hero."

The assailant is described as a light-skinned black male aged 25 to 30 and weighing more than 200 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Schools at (330) 761-2734 or Akron Police at (330) 375-2490.

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