NEW HAVEN, Mich. (WWJ) – Macomb County authorities are looking for suspects in connection with a disturbing assault on a 15-year-old girl.

The teen told Sheriff’s deputies she was walking on a paved walking trail toward New Haven Elementary School, at around 3 p.m. Friday, when she was passed by three young men — one of which yelled at her and then approached.

That’s when, the girl said, he grabbed her by her shirt, she struggled, and he struck her in the face — causing her to fall. She told investigators that the young man knelt on top of her and pulled out a “black-handled, double-edged mechanical knife” which he used to cut off her ponytail.

According to the victim, she was then dragged into a water puddle before she was released, and all three men ran from the scene.

The man who assaulted the teen is described as a white male, 16-18 years old, and around 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with a “dark stubble” beard and mustache. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with white lettering. his two companions — who did not take part in the attack — were described as slightly older, possibly 20, without facial hair, wearing black hooded sweatshirts.

Sheriff’s officials said the girl’s only injury was a small cut to her upper lip that did not require medical attention.

No arrests had been made as of Monday morning.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at 586-307-9358.


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