A child on her way to school Thursday morning in Pleasantville was assaulted and police are still looking for the suspect.

A witness reported the incident and police responded at about 7:40 am Thursday between the 400 blocks of West Brighton and Wellington Aves.

The 12-year old girl was treated at an area hospital. Police say her injuries were not life-threatening.

The suspect remains on the loose.  Witnesses describe him as an "older" Black man wearing a black work coat, tan pants, and a tan hat with black trim. Witnesses say the man was wearing a mask, police said.

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Pleasantville Police Deputy Chief James Williams said apprehending the suspect was their priority.

“Our officers will be out in force to keep our kids and our community safe while we investigate this incident. We ask our residents to be vigilant and if they see something, to say something and contact us immediately.”

“We want everyone to know that the Police Department takes this incident extremely seriously and we are using every resource at our disposal to bring this suspect in and to keep the public safe."

If you have any information about this incident, you are encouraged to call the police at (609) 641-6100.

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