Police say teen assaulted in park

By:  Newsroom

Lincoln Police are on the lookout for a man who tried to assault a 17-year-old girl at Antelope Park Thursday.

Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says at 3:45pm Thursday, a 17-year-old girl was visiting the park with several friends.  She told police she went to use the restroom, alone, when an unknown man grabbed her.  Flood says the man had been hiding behind the partition wall  that separates the bathroom entry door from the park. 

The victim says the man grabbed her waist, pinning her left arm behind her back.  She says he tried pulling her toward the bathroom, but she resisted.  The victim applied backward kicks, striking him approximately three times in the lower leg.  She says he released her and ran toward the Veteran's Memorial Garden.  She ran in the opposite direction, back to her friends at the playground. 

Police say the victim had a small bruise just above her waist that may have been caused by the incident.  No other injuries present at the time of the report.  The victim told police the man never spoke during the ordeal. 

The suspect is described as a white male, late 20s, 6'2″ tall, thin with muscular build.  He also had either a goatee or soul patch.  Hair color is not known. 

Police say the teen reported the incident two hours after it occurred.  Officers canvassed the park, speaking to approximately 40 adults.  Unfortunately, none had been there at the time of the assault.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call LPD at 402-441-6000 or Crime Stoppers 402-475-3600.