TULSA - A Union High School student was sexually assaulted Wednesday as she walked to school, police say.
Around 7:45 a.m., the 18-year-old passed an apartment complex near 61st and South 89th East Avenue when a black male, who was walking in the complex, began following her.
Police say the man grabbed her from behind and forced her into a retention area behind a shopping complex near 71st Street.
After the assault, the teen returned home and notified police.
Union students told 2NEWS the incident frightens them.
"It's scary. Just imagine coming to school like that, just going to school and then you get attacked?" said Juan Ocampo, a Union High senior.
The suspect is described as a black male, 16 to 18 years old, 6 feet tall with an average build and no facial hair.
At the time of the assault, police say the suspect was wearing a gray hoodie with lettering, blue jeans, white and blue high-top athletic shoes and a do-rag that covered his hair.
The attached picture shows the suspect from behind.
Union Public Schools sent the following message to parents Friday afternoon:
This is Union Assistant Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead. Union Public Schools is working with the Tulsa Police Department after officials received a report of an alleged attack on an 18-year-old student on Wednesday. School security and administrators are assisting the police with the investigation and have increased patrols around the High School. We are very concerned about this incident and concerned about the safety of our students. We do want our parents to take this opportunity to visit with their children about safety procedures such as walking in groups and being aware of their surroundings.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS, text TIP918 to CRIMES or email firstname.lastname@example.org .