Girl, 16, Brutally Attacked in Mauldin (Updated: Crime Faked?)

Update, 1/5/2010: [Mauldin Police say Pearl Brown, 16, staged the beating.]

forensic sketch of suspect in the violent attack on a 16-year-old girl in Mauldin

A 16-year-old girl was viciously assaulted New Year’s Day in Mauldin’s Sunset Park, investigators say.  The teen was attacked around 9 a.m. Friday morning at the park on Fowler Circle, and Mauldin Police say the assailant tipped them to her location.

Investigators said they received an anonymous 911 call from someone saying they had just severely injured a young girl at the park.

Officers responding to the scene said they found an unconscious teen in the park.

Police told FOX Carolina News that upon further investigation they determined that the girl was assaulted by an unknown man who regularly visits the park.

Authorities described the man as black, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 to 190 pounds. They said he has a dark complexion with a full beard and goatee.

Investigators said he was last seen wearing a tan knee-length jacket, black leather gloves and a black hat.

The girl sustained head injuries while attempting to fight off the attacker, and was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Her injuries are not expected to be life threatening.

The suspect sketch (above) was produced by a forensic artist with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  Please forward this image to anyone who might be able to identify the violent attacker, and contact the Mauldin Police Department at (864) 289-8900 if you have any information.


4 Responses to “Girl, 16, Brutally Attacked in Mauldin (Updated: Crime Faked?)”

  1. Michaela on January 2nd, 2010 12:53 pm

    That street is rough for the area and ever since I accidentally walked my dog down there I haven’t gone back. I wanted to look at the Sunset Park when I first moved here but there was thugs hanging out so I turned around and left. I’m not surprised something bad happened there. Thankfully the girl will survive and was aware enough to provide a good descrption.

  2. Michaela on January 2nd, 2010 3:31 pm

    Oh wait, I checked and it was Springfield Park and the street its on that is sort of ghetto. Still, I’m glad the girl is alive and time will heal her wounds.

  3. rhona harris on January 4th, 2010 1:27 am

    i was in the park the day after i was even on the 6pm news!!! the camera crew i was first scared when they aproached me, but i saw they were on the real, i live her 2 years have never seen no thugs, no bums, nothing, nothing but walkers, joggers, nice old ladies, sports events, just beautiful, now im staying out with my 4 kids, shame

  4. Cassie on January 4th, 2010 12:18 pm

    I walk in this park a lot and I have yet to see anything happen until now. I’ve lived in the area over 9 years and usually walk alone. That will have to come to an end.

    Track season is right around the corner and the young lady was probably trying to get ready for the season. It’s sad you can’t even exercise in peace.

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