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Girl, 16, allegedly attacked in Niagara Falls park

NIAGARA FALLS - A 16-year-old girl was attacked Tuesday night in Gill Creek Park by a man who tried pulling down her pants, according to police.

The teen said the attack happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. She told police she was approached by a man who started with small talk but then asked questions "of a sexual nature," Niagara Falls Police Chief of Detecives Kelly Rizzo said in an email.

The teen began to walk away across a small bridge over Gill Creek when the man ran up and grabbed her, pulled off one of her boots and then tried to pull down her pants, Rizzo said.

As she tried pushing the attacker's hands away, something from the direction of the Royal Avenue fire hall across Packard Road from the park apparently scared the man, who threw her phone into the park and ran towards Niagara Street. The teen ran to the fire hall for help, Rizzo said.

Police are continuing to investigate. Investigators did not release a description of the suspect.

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