NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD needs the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for the rape of a 12-year-old girl in the West Farms section of the Bronx on Tuesday, February 24.

As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, the suspect approached the girl as she walked alone down the street near East Tremont Avenue and Southern Boulevard around 6:25 p.m., grabbed her and threatened to kill her if she screamed, police said.

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The suspect attempted to force the girl inside a building at 901 E. 179th St., but the door was locked. He then tried to force her inside 915 E. 179th St. where he again was unsuccessful.

(Credit: NYPD)

(Credit: NYPD)

Police said he took the 12-year-old to an alley on the side of 2064 Daly Ave. and he raped her.

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The girl fled as the suspect ran in the opposite direction, police said.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male in his early to mid-teens and around 5-foot-2. Police have released surveillance footage of the suspect, where he is seen wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, dark shoes and tan pants.

Police said the victim and the suspect did not know each other, and the incident was a random attack on the street.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.