After a 12-year-old girl’s daring escape, police continue to search for the suspect in a kidnapping and assault on Gilmore Avenue Thursday morning.

Abducted at knifepoint while walking to North Tonawanda Middle School about 7 a.m., the girl told police she was taken to an abandoned home at 608 Gilmore Ave. and assaulted. North Tonawanda police did not release any information regarding the nature of the assault.

After being held captive for a period of about three hours, police said the girl escaped through a second-floor window by tying a rope of blankets together and climbing down. After escaping, the girl immediately ran home to her parents.

The suspect was described as a white man of medium build and height. During the attack he wore a dark coat and a dark mask covering his face, according to police.

It was unclear if the man was still in the home when the girl escaped.

“Based upon our investigation, he was not in that room,” Lt. Tom Krantz said.

The girl was treated and released at Women and Children’s Hospital.

Police have not been able to determine if the attack was premeditated, Krantz said.

The North Tonawanda School District sent an alert out to parents after the incident occurred. The district was notified of the incident at 12:15 p.m. and sent a phone alert out around 1 p.m., said North Tonawanda Executive Director of Educational Services Greg Woytila.

“We were not contacted by the police until a little after noon,” Woytila said.

The incident occurred across the street from the North Tonawanda School District administration building, but the police didn’t release information to the district members right away, Woytila said.

North Tonawanda schools were safe and secure on Thursday, though there was an increased police presence around all district schools at dismissal.

Police tape blocked off the entire property at 608 Gilmore Ave. by 1 p.m. Thursday. Another area at the end of the block was marked off by police tape, as well.

Police are asking anyone with any possible information on the attack to call the North Tonawanda Police Department at 692-4111 or 692-4312.

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