Girl reportedly attacked while walking to school in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a 17-year-old girl was reportedly attacked on her way to school in Newport News Wednesday.

At 9:06 a.m., officers were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Tower Lane for a reported stabbing. Homeowners found the girl lying on their lawn and called police.

The victim told authorities she missed the school bus and was walking to school through a path by the woods frequently used by other students. Police say an unknown man came up behind her, mumbling something the victim didn’t understand. The man apparently took out a knife and cut her left arm. The teen girl said she tried to use her pepper spray for defense and the man took it and sprayed her in the eyes. The victim managed to run away, and ended up in the yard of the residents who contacted police.

Officers searched the area and found a knife and the pepper spray, but the man was never found.

Medics treated the girl at the scene for pepper spray exposure. She was taken to a local hospital. The victim was treated for a non life threatening injury to the arm.

Police described the suspect as a black male with a skinny build, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He wore a black sweat shirt or long sleeve shirt and sweat pants.

Police say there are inconsistencies in the victim’s account of the incident.

Authorities are still investigating.