A 12-year-old newspaper carrier was raped over the weekend as she was delivering papers on her route.

Salt Lake police said the girl was riding a bicycle while delivering the Deseret News about 7:30 a.m. Saturday when a man walked into the street about 800 West and 1100 South to intercept her.The man asked her if she knew where an address was. She said no and kept riding. The suspect then chased her and pulled her off of her bike, a police report stated. The man put his hand over her mouth and threatened to take a knife out and cut her throat, police said.

The suspect forced the girl behind a garage in the area and continued to threaten her. The man then raped the 12-year-old and slugged her in the side of the head when she tried to fight, the report said.

When the suspect finished, the girl pounded on neighbors' doors until someone let her in and called her parents.

Police are looking for a black male, about 25 years old, 6 feet tall with short brown hair that was combed back. He was wearing a heavy coat, blue Levi's and a brown knit hat and smelled of cigarette smoke. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salt Lake Police Department.


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Deseret News offers reward

The Deseret News is offering a $500 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man who raped a Deseret News carrier and may have sexually assaulted several other young women. If you have information, please call the sex crimes unit of the Salt Lake Police Department at 799-3420.