Police are looking for a man who attacked a junior high school female student in a possible sexual assault attempt and then fled, in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture on Wednesday night.
According to police, the assault happened at around 7:20 p.m when the girl, aged 12, was on her way home from an evening cram school. A man suddenly approached and held her from the back, causing her to fall to the ground, injuring her elbow. The man fled on a bicycle that was parked nearby.
Witnesses described the attacker as being approximately 170-180 tall, in his 50s and wore a black windbreaker.
Police said that just about an hour before the crime, a separate case of sexual assault was reported in the same area, where the victim was a 9-year-old girl. She told police that a middle-aged man touched her inappropriately. Police are investigating whether the same man was involved in both cases.© Compiled from news reports