Tampa girl stabbed on way to school, sprays tear gas at attacker

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TAMPA – A 15-year-old girl escaped a man who grabbed and stabbed her while she was walking to school Monday, Tampa police said.

The Blake High School student is safe, a school official said. She was treated at a hospital and released, police said.

The attacker approached the teen while she was walking on Spruce Street near North Boulevard just after 7:30 a.m., said police spokesman Stephen Hegarty.

The knife-wielding man grabbed the girl and she struggled to get away, police said. The man then stabbed her hand. The teen escaped after she sprayed tear gas at her attacker and got into a passing car, police said.

The student went to school and told officials what happened, said Jesse Salters, principal at Blake High School.

A witness told police that the attacker was a 40- to 45-year-old black man. He appeared to be about 5-foot-8-inches tall and was wearing a black T-shirt and black pants.

Police ask anyone with information to call (813) 231-6130.

Tampa girl stabbed on way to school, sprays tear gas at attacker 10/02/17
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