A multi-state manhunt is underway for a teenage boy who is accused of sexually abusing and then trying to kill a 5-year-old girl.
Octavian Perez, 16, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been charged with attempted criminal homicide, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. State police in both Pennsylvania and Maryland are now on the lookout for him.
The teen is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, then trying to smother her to death with a pillow, according to Penn Live. She was smothered until she passed out.
The unidentified 5-year-old, woke up in pain and unable to walk after regaining consciousness, according to an affidavit, obtained by the Carroll County Times. She also allegedly has marks all over her body.
The search for the teen began after a witness showed up to a state police station in Pennsylvania claiming that he was with Perez while the two drove to Maryland. He said that Perez was distraught. The witness claimed Perez revealed that he had been angry and drinking and said he is worried that he ended up possibly killing a girl, court documents obtained by Penn Live state.
Perez has been on the run since Sunday. The victim was interviewed on Monday.
Pennsylvania State police spokeswoman Megan Frazer said police are following up on tips, Penn Live reports. There have been no reported sightings.
In addition to attempted murder, the teen has also been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, indecent assault and two counts of strangulation.
It’s not clear what Perez’s relation is to the alleged victim.
Anyone with information is urged to call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-334-8111.
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