THE BRONX - Police are searching for a man they say tried to rape an 8-year-old girl.

Police say the incident occurred on Saturday at Walton Avenue and East 176th St.

They say the suspect came up to the child from behind as she was trying to go into her apartment building. They say he put his hands over her mouth, stopping her from moving, and forced his hands into her pants.

Officials say that's when the girl screamed and the suspect ran off. The child was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and later released.