Special Victims Unit detectives are investigating a report of a sexual assault of a teen-aged girl in the Cuyler-Brownsville area early Sunday morning.
"The 14-year-old reported she let her dog out in the yard near Hopkins Street and West 44th Street Lane about 4 a.m. and then followed it into the lane when it slipped from its leash," a police spokesman says.
"There a male she had seen in the lane grabbed her from behind. She awakened on a porch with indications she had possibly been sexually assaulted."
The assailant was described as a black male with a dark complexion, approximately 5- foot-7 to 5-8 in height and a thin build.
Both Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and Chatham County-Savannah Public School System campus police "have been conducting extra patrols of the area and schools have been warning girls walking alone to avoid lanes and hidden areas and to call Emergency 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious after several teen-aged girls have reported being accosted by a tall, slender black male who covered his face with a shirt," police say.