Police released a sketch of a suspect Wednesday after a 16-year-old girl was followed by a fellow NJ Transit bus passenger and attacked in Bergen County.
Detectives say the suspect first tried talking with the teen aboard a 166T bus at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. She ignored his advances. But when she got off at the Westervelt Avenue stop in Tenafly, she noticed that he was close behind.
Moments later, the man physically attacked her and tried to sexually assault her. He then ran off, police said.
“I take the bus almost every day to go into the city to work, and hearing that makes me really nervous,” Tenafly resident Denny Blady said.
“To happen in the 07670 is not good at all,” Tenafly resident Serina Canciglia said. “We’re like the Beverly Hills of Tenafly.”
Following the incident, the Tenafly Police Department stepped up patrols along major bus routes within the borough.
“We feel safe here, it’s a beautiful neighborhood, but you have to be aware of your surroundings,” Tenafly resident Yael Krumerman said.
The suspect is in his mid-to-late 20s with a light beard and a muscular build, according to police.
Police ask anyone with information to call the Tenafly Police Department at 201-568-5100.