River Hill High student fends off robbery attempt

A female River Hill High School student was confronted by a man who attempted to rob her while walking home from school after an extra-curricular activity on Friday evening, according to Howard County Police.

On Tuesday afternoon, River Hill High Principal Nick Novak distributed an email to members of the River Hill community making them aware of the incident.

"The HCPSS administration, River Hill High School administration, staff, and security officer have all been apprised of this information," Novak wrote. "In addition, I have had several inquiries, so I want to reassure everyone that the young lady involved in the incident is doing fine."

Police said the incident occurred in the backyard of a Clarksville home located in the 5700 block of Whistling Winds Walk around 8:54 p.m.

Police said the girl was walking on a footpath when a suspect grabbed her backpack from behind.

Police then said the victim kicked the suspect, who fled into the woods.

Police said nothing was stolen.

No description of the suspect was available, police said.

In his email, Novak said the school encourages students to follow general safety guidelines, such as walking in groups and staying away from remote locations.

"We also ask parents/guardians to arrange for transportation for students staying after school for athletics and other extracurricular activities immediately at the completion of the activity," Novak wrote.

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