Bergen County authorities are searching for a man who they say tried to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl after first attempting to speak to her on an NJ Transit bus Saturday evening.

According to police, a 16-year-old female was a passenger on NJ Transit bus 166T on Saturday at about 9:30 p.m. A man boarded the bus after the teen and attempted to speak to her, but she "rejected his advances," police said in a statement.

Police said when the girl exited the bus Westervelt Avenue in Tenafly, she realized that the man was following her. As she walked along Westervelt Avenue, the man  attacked her from behind and tried to sexually assault her, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. The man then fled the area on foot, authorities said.

Authorities say Tenafly police contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the agencies began an investigation.

The man is described as Hispanic, between 5 feet and 8 inches and 6 feet tall. Police say he has a muscular build and weighs about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a tight teal or blue shirt and light-colored shorts. He was wearing a baseball hat with a rounded brim, and police say he spoke English but with an Hispanic accent.

"While this appears to be an isolated incident, the Tenafly Police Department has directed police patrols along major bus routes within its borough since the incident," the Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Tenafly Police Detective Michael Vecchiarelli at 201-568-5100 or Detective Dennis Conway of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 201-226- 5785.

Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.

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