Detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to trace after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted on a bus in Wandsworth.
At around 15:25hrs on Wednesday, 2 January, the 16-year-old victim travelled on the top deck of a route 270 bus, travelling from Wandsworth Park towards Wandsworth.
She sat on the right hand side of the bus, listening to music on her headphones.
She noticed the suspect as he came up the stairs; he turned his head and then opened his mouth and licked his lips in a suggestive manner. She was intimidated by these actions and tried to ignore him. He moved closer to her and continued to stare at her.
The suspect then sat in front of the victim and turned to face her, leaning over the back of his seat. He then sexually assaulted her.
The victim became very upset and shouted for him to stop touching her. Another passenger intervened. She ran down the stairs and was comforted by another passenger who also called the police. The driver stopped the bus and the suspect ran away in the direction of Wandsworth Plain.
The suspect is described as a black man, aged between 35 and 43-years-old, about 5ft 10ins tall with a bald head and had a large gap between his front teeth. He spoke with an American accent and wore a sleeveless red puffa vest and hat.
Police Constable Leanne Bridgeman, from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This incident has left the victim feeling very frightened and violated. I ask anyone who can help to identify this man to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information should contact Leanne Bridgeman via 101, quoting CAD 4083/02Jan19. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.
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