The Forest Park Police Department sent out a community alert today about a teenager who chased a 12-year-old girl into her home and pinned her to the ground before the girl’s brother intervened.

At approximately 12:17 p.m. on Nov. 11, a 12-year-old female had just returned home and was about to enter the back door of her residence on the 1000 block of Dunlop Avenue when she heard someone “approaching rapidly,” police said.   

“She parked her bike, and then she heard the guy coming up behind her,” said Sgt. Mike Keating.

The girl turned and saw a male, thought to be in his mid-teens, running towards her from the alley. Though she tried to get inside and shut the door, the male was able to get in the home as well. According to police, he grabbed the girl by her shoulders, threw her to the ground and told her to “shut up” as he pinned her body down.

At this point, the girl’s 14-year-old brother heard the noise from another room and came to her aid.

“The brother threw a tackle on the guy and I guess they rolled around a little, and then the guy took off,” Keating said.

During the scuffle, the girl bit her attacker somewhere on his upper right bicep. The male reportedly fled west into the alley and then in an unknown direction. No one was injured, except for a couple of bumps and bruises, said Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas.

The teen has been described as a black male about 5 feet 9 inches tall in his mid-teens with short black hair and medium brown skin, according to police. He also was said to have a large build with a big belly, was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark blue jeans.

Police have recovered fingerprints at the scene, but as of 5 p.m. Friday, it was still unclear who they belonged to. Police also said there are no suspects at this time.

-Katie Drews