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Long Beach girl, 14, fights off foul-smelling attacker, police say

March 14, 2011 |  1:25 pm

A 14-year-old girl fought off a would-be assailant as she was walking to school in Long Beach on Monday morning, authorities said.

During the struggle the man exposed himself before fleeing.

The teen was walking to Butler Middle School around 8 a.m. when a man grabbed her arm, said Cmdr. Josef Levy of the Long Beach Police Department.

"But she was able to break free and run to safety," he said.

The teen later described the suspect to investigators as an African American man, between 25 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with light brown or hazel eyes. He was wearing a brown, hooded sweatshirt with two yellow stripes down each sleeve, and faded navy blue cargo pants. And he had a "distinctly bad body odor," Levy said.

The suspect, who was on foot, was last seen walking southbound on Lemon Avenue from 20th Street.

Long Beach police dispatched bloodhounds and a helicopter in search of the man, and knocked on doors in the vicinity looking for witnesses, Levy said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police detectives at (562) 570-7368.

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