Girl robbed while walking to bus stop in New Bedford

New Bedford Police

New Bedford police are asking for the public's help after they said a 15-year-old girl was robbed as she walked from her home to the bus stop.

Police said the incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday on Rounds Street between Union and Arnold streets.

Police said a man got out of the passenger seat of a parked van and approached the girl from behind. He grabbed at her backpack and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, she lost a bracelet that fell to the ground and the man took it. Police said the girl was able to break free and run back home.

The victim suffered some scratches to her upper body but did not seek medical attention.

According to police, a second man was in the van's driver's seat. Police said the second man never got out of the van. According to police, the second man yelled something to the suspect and they both returned to the van.

Police described the suspect as a tanned, white male in his early 20s about 6 feet, 2 inches tall with short, dirty blonde hair and some facial chair on his chin. Police said he was wearing a gray sweatshirt and black pants.

Police said the vehicle was described as a silver Ford Transit Connect van with maroon lettering on the side.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Stephen Taylor at 508-991-6300 ext. 164.