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CMPD investigating sexual assault on quiet Myers Park street

(Sarah-Blake Morgan | WBTV) (Sarah-Blake Morgan | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) are still investigating a sexual assault involving a 17-year-old victim. Police say it happened around 8:30 Wednesday morning on Briarcliff Place.

A witness who asked to remain anonymous told WBTV she watched a man forcibly grab a teenage girl who was walking down the sidewalk. She called 911 and the man took off in his vehicle.

"You are not safe really anywhere," Myers Park Employee Anne Clarke said. "You have to practice caution no matter where you are."

CMPD is releasing very little information, but according to the report the man inappropriately touched the woman and tried to kidnap her.

Neighbors say the teenager was leaving the Myers Park Country Club and traveling on Briarcliff Place when the alleged attack happened. They say the suspect was following the teenager and approached her, telling her not to say anything because he had a weapon.

"We've enjoyed the freedom to walk and have the kids explore," resident and grandfather Joe McGirt said. "And suddenly to have that feeling of safety suddenly shaken is a shock."

McGirt says he is using this crime as a teachable moment for his grandchildren.

"The idea is not to scare but to teach," McGirt said. "When you don't know someone, don't approach. If they approach, you run and yell."

Neighbors say others saw the teenager with the suspect. They used their phones with cameras to snap pictures of the suspect's car and the license plate for police to use.

"It shows that people care," McGirt said. "And really people want to be proactive."

Residents also say police went door to door trying to find witnesses and video from home surveillance cameras. There is no word if police found any footage they could use.

Police said the victim and suspect did not know each other.

Neighbors are on alert and want the suspect caught sooner rather than later. People in the Myers Park neighborhood have a message for the suspect.

"Why?," Clarke asked. "How dare you. That's someone's daughter, someone's sister, someone's friend. I hope that he is actually prosecuted and not let go."

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s with a medium build. Police said he could possibly have a beard and was driving a silver, four-door car.

If you know anything about the incident, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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