Man wanted for attempting to rape 8-year-old girl in the Bronx

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THE BRONX -- Police are looking for a man accused of grabbing a young girl in the Bronx and attempting to rape her.

The attack happened around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the area of Walton Street and East 176th Street.

Authorities say the suspect grabbed the 8-year-old girl from behind covered her mouth with one hand and forced his other hand down her pants.

The child started screaming and the man fled the area. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

He is described as approximately 20 years old, 5'9," 165 pounds, clean shaven, wearing a dark baseball cap, gray hooded sweatshirt, red t-shirt, ripped light jeans and gray sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.