Police have released a sketch of a man who they believe attacked a child at a Douglasville bus stop Friday morning.
The attack happened at 7:30 am at Charlton Place near of Prestley Mill Road, where the child was waiting on a bus outside the Charlton Crossing subdivision.
"He made eye-contact, she felt very uncomfortable with the way he was looking at her. So she turned around and ran back to her house," said Capt. Brad Stafford with the Douglasville Police Department.
Authorities said the suspect followed the girl. As she was entering her house, he followed her inside. Once in the home, police say the suspect slammed the girl against the wall.
"As she was falling to the ground, a decorative basket that had some plates in it fell. She grabbed one of the plates and struck him on the head," Stafford said.
While the teen was escape, so was the suspect. Police are still searching for him.
The suspect is described as a 30-40 male with facial stubble, sideburns and bushy, unkept hair and a missing tooth. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and yellow jacket with a reflective green cross, dark pants and black shoes with a damaged sole on one of the shoes.
Police said the suspect may have sustained injuries to his forehead as a result of the attack.
On Saturday, the Douglas County school system issued a statement on the incident:
"The Douglasville Police Department is currently investigating an assault of one our students at a school bus stop Friday morning. The Chapel Hill Middle School student was able to fight off the suspect. The victim has given a detailed description and is cooperating fully with authorities.
"Chapel Hill Middle School parents and students were made aware of the incident Friday. Assistant Principal Jamar Graham rode the bus home with students Friday and has assured students of the school system’s commitment to their safety at all times. Police are actively conducting an extensive investigation and have increased their patrols in the area until the suspect is apprehended.
"It is unfortunate that this situation has occurred to one of our students. The safety of our students is our priority before, during and after school hours. We urge our parents and teachers to have conversations with students about safety and have provided tips to parents about walking to school and waiting for the school bus.
"Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Douglasville Police Department at (770) 920-3010."