A 15-year-old boy is charged with attempted murder after police say he attacked a teenage girl.
Huntersville police said the incident happened after school Tuesday in the woods near the student parking lot at North Mecklenburg High School.
Police said the boy told the girl that he wanted to show her something in the woods and that once they were alone he attacked her, choking and hitting her. Officials said he choked her to the point that she passed out.
"She went into the wooded area voluntarily with him on the premise he was going to show her something and that's when he turned violent in the woods and assaulted her,” said Deputy Chief Michael Kee with Huntersville police.
“It’s a tragedy, especially for the one student to trust another student and then he takes her behind the woods and chokes her? Yeah, it’s difficult for the student and the parents,” said parent Cheryl Kuhta-Sutter.
Investigators said the girl was able to get away but that she was so afraid of the suspect that she agreed not to say anything about the incident. Officials said they found out what happened when the girl passed out at school Wednesday from the injuries.
“The suspect walked by I guess to see what was going on, and the victim then let the authorities know that that was the suspect that had done this to her,” Kee said.
Kee said detectives questioned the victim and the 15-year-old boy, and they have charged him with attempted murder.
"This was a very serious assault and the young lady is very lucky that she's alive,” Kee said. "All evidence appears that she was in fear for her life – significantly.”
"If I met the guy I'd give him a piece of my mind but there's no reason for that to happen especially on a high school campus at that age,” student Chris Randall said.
The suspect is in a juvenile facility until his first court appearance.