Attack on student leaves parents on edge

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Police continued to search Thursday for a suspect wanted in connection to the Monday morning rape of a Sherwood Middle School student.

According to police, the 13-year-old was walking to school when a man forced her into a vacant house and assaulted her.  The attack came after the man allegedly asked the girl to help him pass out flyers.

Thursday, the assault had parents on guard at Sherwood Middle, where many students were walking to school with their parents.

Parent Sheila McKenney said she warned her daughter to not talk to strangers.

"If a car stops or someone stops to question her, I really told her to either turn around and go the other way, or to run, and don't talk to strangers."

Other parents warned of similar stories.

"My daughter had the same kind of incident, when she said that she was walking to school and a young man opened his door up, actually and deliberately doing what he wanted to do, and pulled his pants down," parent Tyra Martin said.

The suspect in Monday's attack may have been driving a white, four-door vehicle with tinted windows.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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