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Police investigate rape of young girl on West Side

Buffalo police are looking for a man who assaulted and raped a young girl who was riding her bike early Friday morning on the West Side.

The victim told Sex Offense Squad detectives she was riding her bike down Hampshire Street when an unknown man stopped her at the corner of 14th Street and asked her for directions to Maryland Street.

She said as she was preparing to bike away, the man came up behind her, struck her with a hard object she thought was a gun and forced her off her bike and into a nearby alley where she was sexually assaulted. She told police the man fled on foot west on Hampshire Street as she called for help.

She was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.