Girl, 15, reports being accosted by man in black

Ashland police are looking for a man who reportedly accosted a teenage girl on a bike path near Hunter Park last month, grabbing her clothes to look down her shirt and pants.

The 15-year-old girl was shocked, but not injured in the attack and didn't tell anyone about it at first, said Ashland police Deputy Chief Rich Walsh. Her mother found out about it and reported it to police last week. Investigators talked to the girl Tuesday.

She told police that she was walking on the bike path between Normal and Walker avenues one evening. She said it was between 5 and 6 p.m., but she couldn't remember what day. It was sometime between Aug. 3 and Aug. 21.

A man about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing all black clothing including a black ski mask, came out from behind a nearby building. She told police that he had grayish blue eyes and pulled on her clothes to look at her. Then he ran down the path and disappeared somewhere near the batting cages and tennis courts, Walsh said.

"This is a case that concerned us," Walsh said. "We want to make people aware and see if others saw him."

Police are worried the man could have other victims or could escalate his attacks.

"We need to be vigilant," Walsh said.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the case to contact police at 482-5211. Detective Steve Brown is working the case.

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