Student mugged while walking to bus stop

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are on the lookout for a suspect vehicle after a New Bedford teen was attacked on the way to the bus stop Thursday morning.

According to city police, the 15-year-old was walking on Rounds Street between Union and Arnold Streets at about 6:30 a.m. when a man exited the passenger seat of a parked van and grabbed her backpack from behind. A struggle ensued and her bracelet fell to the ground, which the suspect took.

The girl was then able to break free and run back home. She suffered some scratches to her upper body but did not seek medical attention, police said.

The suspect is described as a tanned, white male in his late teens to early 20s, standing about 6-foot-2, with a thin build, short dirty blond hair, and possible facial hair on his chin. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt and black pants at the time of the crime.

This picture of a Ford Transit Connect Van is for reference purposes only. (Courtesy of the New Bedford Police Department)
This picture of a Ford Transit Connect Van is for reference purposes only. (Courtesy of the New Bedford Police Department)

The vehicle is described as a silver/grey Ford Transit Connect with with maroon lettering on the side (similar to the one pictured at the right) and police said the registration tag is believed to contain the number 4.

Police said there was a second male in the driver’s seat of the van, but he could not be described because he never exited the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects is asked to contact Det. Stephen Taylor at (508) 991-6300 ext. 164.

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