George Washington Carver Middle School Under Lockdown Over Attempted Sexual Assault

11/09/2011 01:46 pm ET | Updated Jan 09, 2012

At approximately 7:15am Wednesday morning, the George Washington Carver Middle School in South Los Angeles was placed under lockdown, Patrick Sinclair (Senior Director of Communications and External Affairs, The Partnership For Los Angeles Schools) told the Huffington Post.

A 7th grade student reported seeing a man in the neighborhood that resembled the alleged attacker from Friday's attempted sexual assault on a Carver student. As the suspect is still at large, the school and LAPD combed the campus to confirm that the man had not entered the campus grounds. The lockdown lasted less than one hour, reports Patrick Sinclair.

On Friday, November 4th, an unknown assailant aggressively grabbed a 12-year-old female student outside of a bathroom at George Washington Carver Middle School, while she was waiting for a classmate -- in broad daylight.

The man "forcefully pull[ed] her while making a sexual remark," states the LAPD. The young girl fell to the ground and began screaming as the attacker dragged her approximately 15 feet from where he had initially approached her.

The classmate she was waiting for, along with two additional 7th grade male students, ran towards the attacker and joined the struggle. According to the LAPD, the girl's peers demanded that the man release her.

The man escaped and climbed over a fence onto Wadsworth Avenue just south of Vernon Avenue. He is described as being Hispanic with brown eyes and black hair between the ages of 30 and 40. He is believed to weigh between 180 and 190 pounds and is between 5'9" and 6'1" tall. The suspect also has two cut lines or scars on his left eyebrow.

Patrick Sinclair told the Huffington Post that a letter is being sent home to Carver parents and asserts that no students have been harmed in any way. The two 7th grade boys who assisted in saving the victim will be honored by Carver's Principal, reports KTLA.

Anyone with additional information about the incident or the suspect is urged to contact LAPD Newton Division Officer Cervantes at (323) 846-6576.


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