A teenager committed a serious sexual assault after luring his woman victim on to a recreation ground by claiming his friend had accidentally killed a dog, police said yesterday.
The offender - thought to be aged 13 or 14 - attacked the 40-year-old woman in bushes in Olton, Solihull, between noon and 12.30pm on Wednesday.
West Midlands Police said the woman, who had just got off a bus, was approached by the youth after walking down an alleyway into Dorsington Road.
Detective Inspector Mark Evans, from Solihull police station, said the boy told the woman that his friend had accidentally killed a dog. He then asked if she could have a look at the dog with him, and the victim was led into a grassed area between Dorsington Road and Mickleton Road before being dragged into nearby bushes.
Mr Evans said: "This was a very serious assault involving a very young offender. The incident happened at a location that would only be known by local people, and in my opinion the offender lives nearby and has knowledge of the area."
The offender is described as white, with olive skin and about 5ft 3ins. He was wearing a blue tracksuit top with red piping and grey tracksuit bottoms. Officers are carrying out house-to-house inquiries on Dorsington Road and Mickleton Road and are appealing for anyone with information to contact Solihull CID on 0845 113 5000.