LINCOLN, Neb. -- A man sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in the middle of the day Saturday near one of the busiest intersections in Lincoln, police said.
The teen told police she was walking to a friend's house at about 1 p.m. when a man approached her at the intersection of 27th and N streets.
"He approached her (and) was having a casual conversation with her. She was being nice to continue the conversation," Lincoln police Officer Katie Flood said.
When the girl tried to leave, the man grabbed her, pulled her behind an office building that was closed and sexually assaulted her in a stairwell, police said.
"He did threaten that if she screamed, he would hurt her," Flood said.
KETV NewsWatch 7's Capital Bureau Chief Andrew Ozaki said those who run an afterschool teen program a block away expressed surprise. William Michener, the executive director of Lighthouse, said his staff will remind kids to use the buddy system and to think safety at all times, which means being rude to strangers sometimes.
"I'm all about being friendly, but my No. 1 concern is about safety," Michener said. "I want young people to err on the side of caution."
Police said this type of stranger assault is very rare, and they want to catch the suspect before he can hurt anyone else.
"A crime like this is a woman's worst fear," Flood said.
Police were checking whether any security cameras may have caught suspect.
Police described the man as black, 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. Police said the man had short hair and was last seen wearing a red jacket with black trim and black jeans.
If you have information regarding this investigation, contact Lincoln Crime Stoppers ask you to contact them by dialing 402-475-3600.