8-year-old sexually assaulted in dollar store

An 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in the toy aisle of a Cherryland dollar store on Sunday afternoon, an Alameda County sheriff’s sergeant said.

The girl was in the toy aisle of the 99 Cents Only store at 20882 Mission Blvd. at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday when a man grabbed her and put his hand in her pants, sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said. The man ran from the store after the assault.

The girl and her mother waited at the store for sheriff’s investigators and described the assault. They said the suspect was a black man in his late teens standing 6 feet tall with a light complexion. He had a flattop haircut and was wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and black tennis shoes, Kelly said.

The girl was taken to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for a sexual assault exam.

Kelly said:

“We’re working diligently to find the suspect. …┬áThis is an egregious crime and we will leave no stone unturned.”

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the assault to contact the sheriff’s special victims unit at (510) 667-3645 or an anonymous tip line at (510) 667-3622.