Police in Bergen say they’ve received several tips regarding possible suspects in their hunt for a man who sexually assaulted a young girl on her way home from elementary school earlier this week. The assault has deeply shaken the local community.
“We are of course very upset about what’s happened,” Remy Dahle of the nearby Flaktveit sports club told state broadcaster NRK. The assault took place on Hjortlandsvegen in Bergen, near the club’s sports hall, while the girl was walking home from the Flaktveit Primary School on Tuesday afternoon.
Police were searching for a Norwegian man with Nordic features who was walking two dogs on a leash. Police are following up on the tips about possible suspects, by gathering electronic data from around the time the assault occurred.
School officials, concerned for the safety of other students, asked parents to pick up their children from school if they could. “It’s a bit uncomfortable to think that the children can’t safely walk to and from school,” one mother told NRK. A 16-year-old girl was assaulted in the same area in 2011, but police said they had no reason to believe there was any connection between the two cases.