Hickory Ridge girl, 16, escapes after being attacked in mall lot

March 06, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Columbia girl was attacked in the parking lot at The Mall in Columbia Tuesday night, Howard County police said.

Police said the girl, a Hickory Ridge village resident, was tackled from behind in the parking lot near Sears at 7 p.m. as she walked to her car.

According to a police report, a man knocked the girl to the ground, began beating her and demanded that she turn over the keys to her car.

The girl managed to break free without giving the man her keys, reached her car and drove to a friend's house nearby, where she called police.

Police said the girl was slightly injured but did not require medical attention.

The attacker, who fled empty-handed, is described as an unshaven white male in his early 30s, standing 5 feet 8 tall with brown, medium-length hair and wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans.

The site of the attack was being investigated by mall security, police said. Mall officials could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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