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Concern grows as police appeal for help to find man who attacked teen walking to school bus

A bus driver in Fort Worth reported a student walked onto a bus Thursday morning and she was bleeding.
A bus driver in Fort Worth reported a student walked onto a bus Thursday morning and she was bleeding.

Police appealed for help Thursday for leads on a man who attacked and seriously injured a teen as she walked to a school bus.

The teen managed to get away from her attacker Thursday morning and stepped onto her school bus, bleeding from the assault.

The 13-year-old suffered cuts and bruises and was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center, authorities said. She was in serious condition Thursday, police said.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, police asked for help in identifying the girl's assailant.

"She was walking from her residence to the school bus," police Sgt. Chris Britt said at the news conference. "He fled in an unknown direction."

The attacker is described as a white or Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years old, wearing a light-colored shirt and dark pants.

Police could not confirm Thursday that the incident was an abduction.

"It's very concerning to us," police Capt. Deven Pitt said referring to the assault on the teen. "This is a stranger that assaulted her."

Police are asking anyone who saw anything in the area near Calmont Avenue and Laredo Drive after 6:30 a.m. to call authorities.

"No lead is too small," Britt said.

Police reported the teen left her home just after 6:30 a.m. to walk to the school bus stop at Calmont and Laredo.

Police provided few details on the attack because they had only limited conversation with the teen.

"There was some communication between the two," Pitt said. "And then she was assaulted."

The bus driver called 911 shortly before 7 a.m. saying a student had stepped onto the bus and was bleeding. The bus is not equipped with cameras.

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A student fought off a man who attempted to abduct her Thursday morning near Calmont Avenue and Laredo Drive in west Fort Worth. Courtesy: Google Maps

The student had been approached by a man who asked her for help, a school official said. The student attends International Newcomer Academy.

"He attacked her, but she fought him off," Fort Worth school district spokesman Clint Bond said.

Anyone with information should call police at 817-392-4430 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.

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