A 15-year-old girl showed courage and a level head when she was assaulted by four males as she was walking home from school Tuesday afternoon, Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said.
She was in the 100 block of Maple Street in Manchester about 3 p.m. when she was confronted by the males, all of whom appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, according to police.
They called her derogatory names, grabbed her arms, pulled down her shirt and touched her breasts, police said.
But all four ran away when the girl fought back, according to the chief. They were last seen running along South Main Street.
"She kicked one of the males between the legs and stomped on another one's foot," Rizzo said. "She took off running and they fled, too."
Not only did she successfully defend herself, the girl also was able to give officers detailed descriptions of all four attackers - something adult crime victims often can't do, the chief confirmed.
Rizzo described the girl as brave. She didn't need medical treatment, but was left with a red mark on her chest, either from being groped or from having her shirt yanked down, the chief said.
Attack 'rare': "It's very rare this type of thing happens in this area, especially in broad daylight," Rizzo said. "It's very unusual."
The attackers are facing charges including indecent assault, he said.
All four males are white, police said.
A second male also was 6 feet tall with brown hair; he was wearing an orange and white button-down shirt, jeans and black shoes. He also had a patch of hair on his chin.
The third male is about 5-feet-7 with brown hair and eyes and a goatee; he was wearing a Metallica T-shirt, khaki pants and green sneakers.
The fourth suspect is about 5-feet-10 and also has brown hair and eyes and a goatee. He was wearing a yellow T-shirt, tan pants and sneakers that are bluish-gray and black.
Group spotted: A woman who learned of the attack in the media recognized the description of the four males as being a group she'd seen earlier in the day, according to Rizzo.
The woman reported they were standing on a sidewalk in front of a home not far from where the girl was attacked, the chief said, adding it's a lead his investigators are following.
Anyone with information on the identity or location of any of the four males is urged to call Northeastern Regional Police at 266-6195, or call 911.
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.