CLEVELAND -- A 12-year-old girl fights for her life and escapes an attacker on her way to school. It happened Wednesday morning near the RTA Rapid Transit station near West 154th Street.
Her family and police are asking for your help finding the suspect.
"I don't know what could have happened to me if I had not acted," says the 12-year-old girl.
As soon as she stepped of the train at the Puritas RTA station, this girl knew something wasn't right.
"I was thinking that maybe he was on the platform and when I got off, he turned around and followed me."
He followed her every footstep from the RTA station, down West 154th toward her school.
"Once I got to the other side of the street, I heard his footsteps, heavier, faster... Then when he was at my side, he grabbed my arm and he pulled me towards the fence."
Holding her against the fence, he was about to hit her.
"I was thinking, what am I going to do? What's going to happen to me? What is my family about to go through when they realize I'm not coming home?"
And the thought of her family gave her strength.
"So, the first thing that comes to my mind is fight back. Attack. So, I punched him in his stomach."
Just then, a driver noticed the struggle and yelled to see if she was ok. The distraction gave her enough time to run.
She ran all the way to school while the suspect ran in the opposite direction. Now police and the girl's family wants him found.
"I want the man found, taken off the streets... My daughter was lucky. She got away. If he tries it again, the next person might not be able to get away," says the girl's mother, Lisa Williams.
The description of the suspect, according to police is a black man in his late 20's or early 30's, wearing glasses, standing about 5'8", and weighing 220 lbs.
If you have any information, call Cleveland police's Detective Bureau at 216-623-2507.