Police seek ID of Tolman assault suspect

Surveillance image of a man police believe attacked a teen girl outside Pawtucket's Tolman High School.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s been nearly a month since a Tolman High School student was attacked by a man near the school, and police are still working to identify the suspect.

The 17-year-old girl was walking to a sporting event at the school on a Sunday morning in early August when she was attacked.

“He put his hand over her mouth and he was pulling back on her a little bit,” said Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins. “She was able to forcefully elbow him in the midsection and was able to break free and ran away.”

Investigators went to area businesses and were able to track down surveillance photos of the suspect, which were positively identified by the victim.

Martins also issued a warning not to wear ear buds when out walking, which is what the teen was doing when she was attacked. The headphones make people vulnerable, and not just to crime.

“If you’re crossing traffic and someone is beeping the horn or you hear the roar of an engine approaching, that’s certainly something that would get your attention. But if you have those ear buds you won’t be able to hear that,” he explained.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call the Pawtucket Police Department at (401) 727-9100.

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