Montgomery County Police say the 10-year-old girl who was inappropriately touched by a man as she walked to school last week was alert and gave police a good description that could help catch the suspect.
The girl told police that she believes she also saw the suspect a day earlier.
"Her antenna was up. She noticed the guy was wearing the same clothes...it may suggest that the man is transient or homeless," Captain Paul Starks, spokesman for Montgomery County Police, told WTOP.
The girl also told police the man smelled of cigarettes.
The incident happened as the girl was walking to Rolling Terrace Elementary School, 705 Bayfield Street in Takoma Park. At about 7:40 a.m., near the area of Barron Street and Bayfield Street, the suspect approached the victim from behind and touched the victim inappropriately.
Police said the suspect is described as a Hispanic man, about 5 feet to 5-feet 2-inches tall, and in his late 30s to early 40s. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, black baseball hat, saggy, light blue jeans, and black shoes. The suspect also carried a dark green and light gray backpack on his shoulders and had the chest strap fastened.
The girl believes she saw the suspect the day before near Flower Avenue and Domer Avenue and also on the Domer Avenue footbridge over the Long Branch Stream Valley Park. He was wearing the same clothes both days.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400. If you believe you see the suspect, call 911 immediately.