Edmonton police are asking people living in Terwillegar to be vigilant after a 16-year-old girl was assaulted Thursday.

The teen was on her way home from school around 5 p.m., passing near a convenience store on Towne Centre Boulevard when a male attacker allegedly jumped her from behind.

Police say the attacker then wrestled the girl to the ground, however she was able to break free from him and run to a nearby home for help.

Now, police are investigating whether this most recent attack is related to similar incidents reported in November near Tanner Wynd.

“The suspect [would] run up from behind and to jump or tackle the individual and take them to the ground,” said EPS spokesman Scott Pattison.

“Now, at this point in time, it doesn’t appear that the incidences are of a sexual nature,” he added.

The suspect is described as a man about 5’10” tall with average build. At the time of previous assaults, he was wearing dark clothing, a balaclava and gloves.