The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office released a sketch of a suspect in the sexual assault of a girl at a Cherryland store over the weekend.
The 8-year-old girl was in the toy aisle of the 99 Cents Only store at 20882 Mission Blvd. at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday when a man grabbed her and put his hand in her pants, sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
The man ran from the store after the assault.
The girl and her mother waited at the store for sheriff’s investigators and described the assault. They said the suspect was a black man in his late teens standing 6 feet tall with a light complexion.
He had a flat-top haircut and was wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and black tennis shoes, Kelly said.
The girl was taken to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for a sexual assault exam.
“We’re working diligently to find the suspect,” Kelly said. “This is an egregious crime and we will leave no stone unturned.”
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the assault to contact the sheriff’s special victims unit.