COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene Police are assisting the Kootenai County Sheriff in the search for a man they say tried to rape a 16-year-old girl Saturday morning.

Officials say the 16-year-old girl was walking in the 1800 block of N. 15th at 5:30 a.m. when she was assaulted by a man who was following her on foot. The girl suffered injuries while attempting to flee from the man.

Authorities say the victim fled to a nearby residence. The homeowners let her in and called police.

Officers are trying to track the suspect with a K9 unit and Air One. N. 15th is not blocked but citizens are asked to avoid the area.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20's or early 30's with an average build, reddish hair, scruffy goatee and was wearing a dark colored Carhart jacket with tan Carhart pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Coeur d'Alene Police at 208-769-2320.

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