Reporting Walt Hunter
By Walt Hunter and Elizabeth Hur
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police say there were some very frightening moments for a little girl on North 18th Street in North Philadelphia this afternoon.
That little girl telling investigators she found herself face to face with an intruder in her apartment, who tried to hug and kiss her.
Police officers flooded the area around 2:30 p.m. near 18th & Berks Streets after a father dialed 911 reporting a burglar inside his apartment attempting to indecently assault his 6-year-old daughter.
Neighbors upset to learn about the investigation.
“It’s pretty scary something that severe happened right here, it’s pretty sad,” said a neighbor.
Police say the father claims he heard a noise and found a stranger inside his apartment alone with his daughter, who says the man tried to hug and kiss her.
Police say the father punched the burglar and chased him for several blocks before losing him.
“It’s horrible it no matter what, but the fact that it was a child makes it a lot worse,” said another neighbor.
The suspect is described as an African-American male with a thin build and a beard. He is approximately 5’6” to 5’8” and between 35 to 40 –years-old. He was wearing a black jacket dark vest and dark jeans.
Police hope surveillance cameras in the area may provide evidence to the suspect.