Police investigating sexual assault of 11-year-old girl walking to bus stop

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A white male in his 20's who was wearing all black clothing, a surgical mask and thick camouflaged gardening gloves is the focus of a sexual assault investigation.

Overland Park police are seeking information about this suspect regarding an incident that happened on Friday at about 7 a.m. in 12400 block of Quivira Road against an 11-year-old female victim. The assault was reported at the Regents Center apartments where neighbors say kids wait for the bus on a nearby corner.

The young victim was reportedly walking to her bus stop when she was attacked. Police haven't released intricately detailed information, but did say that the assault happened quickly in a wooded area near the apartments.

Police say the girl believed the attacker had a knife and knew she would be forced to do whatever he wanted her to do. A neighbor that spoke with FOX 4 said in light of the news, she had seen a suspicious man with a strange expression in the neighborhood.

"Walking repeatedly and that's what got my attention, repeatedly up and down that hill looking around. I was just aware that there was an oddness about it," the neighbor said.

The young victim went to the hospital to get checked out and didn't suffer any major injuries, the case is still under investigation.

The only other description of the suspect is that he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The police department is conducting extra patrols throughout the area being investigated. Anyone with information that may lead to the suspect's arrest is urged to call the Overland Park Police Department at (913) 344-8750 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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