Officials seek suspect in sexual assault of young girl in Bluffton

Officials seek suspect in sexual assault of young girl in Bluffton

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a sexual assault of a young girl within the area of Avalon Shores in Bluffton Sunday night.

Officers say the juvenile victim was reportedly walking on the sidewalk of Simmonsville Road around 8 p.m. when an unknown male suspect came up behind her and knocked her to the ground, leaving her temporarily unconscious.

The victim says when she regained consciousness, the suspect was groping and kissing her while on top of her. After a short struggle, she was able to escape from under him and immediately ran home to her parents who called 911. She was transported to the Hilton Head Regional Medical Center by EMS for treatment of minor injuries and a forensic examination.

Deputies were unable to locate the suspect after conducting a search of the area.

The suspect is described as an African-American male approximately 30 years old, 6'02" tall with a heavy build and receding hairline. The victim recalled the suspect having an accent she believed could be Jamaican and says he was wearing a purple shirt and blue jeans at the time of the assault.

Anyone with information is urged to call Lance Corporal Chin at 843.255.3515 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

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