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Fake Verizon Worker Sexually Assaults 18-Year-Old Woman, Police Say

The teen was eventually able to fight the man off, police said.

Police are on the hunt for a man who they say pretended to be a Verizon worker and then sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman inside a Philadelphia home.

The victim told police she was inside a home on the 4900 block of Mulberry Street Monday around 11:45 a.m. when an unidentified man knocked on her door. When she answered the door, the man claimed he was with Verizon.

After the teen told the man her mother wasn't home, he entered the house, exposed himself and then sexually assaulted her, police said.

The teen escaped the man's grasp, found a weapon and demanded that he leave, according to investigators. He fled in an unknown direction after saying that he would return once her mother was home, police said.

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The suspect is described as being around 25 years old, standing 6-feet tall. He also had a tattoo of an unknown symbol on the left side of his face and was wearing a navy blue windbreaker, light blue undershirt and denim jeans, police said. 

If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, please call the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3252.

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