Man grabs teen by arm, tries to force way into home, Hollywood police say

Victim kicked attacker in groin before locking front door

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Terrell Forney - Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Hollywood police are searching for a man who tried to force his way into a 16-year-old girl's home.

The incident was reported Nov. 19 in the 2900 block of Dewey Street.

According to Hollywood police, the girl was walking home from school when she was approached by a man on a bike.

The man began harassing the victim and grabbed her arm, authorities said.

Police said the man made sexually lewd and explicit comments toward the victim, indicating he wanted to have sex with her.

The girl, who told detectives she feared for her life, went home, but the man tried to push his way in.

"He tried to put his hands on my butt, so I slapped his hands and I tried to run in my house, and as I was running into my house, he pushed himself onto me and tried to sexually attack me," the victim told Local 10 News reporter Terrell Forney. 

Police said the teen kicked the man in the groin and locked the door behind her.

"I kicked him in his private area. I learned from watching 'Criminal Minds' that kicking a boy down there really, really hurts, so that's what I did," the victim said. 

While leaving the home, the man was heard saying, "I will return," authorities said.

"He told me he was gonna come back the next day. I was so scared, I didn't even go to school," the victim said.

Detectives believe there might be more victims who are reluctant to come forward.

Anyone with information about the man's identity or believes they have been targeted is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-4636.

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