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Police search for suspect in child sex assault in Oxon Hill

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Police are continuing to search for the man who broke into an Oxon Hill apartment and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl.

A family member of the victim told ABC7 News that security at the apartment complex is lacking, and the building's management responded by saying the family had been moved to a new apartment. The management is offering at $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The building management also said it added off-duty police officers as security personnel who will be present 24 hours a day.

Officers went door-to-door looking for leads Tuesday.

"We're hoping that anyone who saw anything suspicious or not normal in the neighborhood can provide us with that information,” said Cpl. Larry Johnson of the Prince George’s County police.

Police plan to be present for several days and speak with neighbors in the Livingston Terrace Road area.

Prince George’s County police say the sexual assault in the 5400 block of Livingston Terrace may have begun as a burglary. Police were called shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.

Four family members of the child were asleep in the apartment at the time, the building's management said.

The girl’s grandmother, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the man went into her granddaughter’s bedroom, put his hand across her face and threatened to kill her if she said anything.

She says her family is planning to move from the area.

"We're not going to be here. This is it, we're leaving. My granddaughter is not allowed back here. Never,” she said.

The building management said it has moved the family to an apartment at a different location.

Authorities said the suspect is a black male who was wearing a black scarf covering his face. He entered through a window and woke up the victim.

“I think residents should be on alert, if they observe anything give us a call,” said Cpl. Johnson. Police plan to canvass the neighborhood in the early morning and late evening to catch people at home. They don’t recall similar cases in the area.

For neighbors, the news of the crime is upsetting.

“That's disturbing and unsafe for all the little kids up in this community,” said Randy Young, who lives in the same apartment complex. Another neighbor, Rochelle Kelly, said the apartment complex should step up security. The guards told ABC7 News no security officer is present between at night.

The victim’s grandmother said the area is not lit sufficiently, and that fences at the back of the apartment are broken. She said she was complained to the management about those issues but nothing has been done to fix them.

Police urge anyone with information to contact the Sexual Assault Unit at 301-772-4908. Callers can remain anonymous at the Crime Solvers line at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or by texting “PGPD" plus their message to CRIMES (274637). The case is being investigated as a first-degree sex offense.

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