NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for a man they say broke in through an apartment window and tried to sexually assault a 14-year-old girl in Brooklyn early Tuesday.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. on 39th Street in Borough Park.
Police say the Hispanic man placed his hand over the girl’s mouth, prompting her to jump out of bed. The girl’s 10-year-old sister, asleep in the same room, screamed, alerting their parents.
Police told CBS2 the man was seen pulling up his pants as he fled through a window and left his underwear behind.
The girls were not hurt and nothing was taken, police said.
Neighbors say the girls’ mother is shaken, but they believe the would-be assailant will be caught.
“We live in a very safe neighborhood, we like to assume that we are,” neighbor Chaya Tomlin said. “So we have little kids that are running outside in the nice weather. We’re scared, but we know we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
“We all believe in God and we believe God will protect everybody, however we still have to use our resources, police and community watch,” neighbor Yankel Raskin said.
Police said the case is being investigated as an attempted sexual assault.