Girl's jaw broken, needing surgery, after Saturday downtown SLO attack

Police are looking for a man who broke a girl’s jaw when he punched her in the mouth in downtown San Luis Obispo Saturday afternoon.

In what was described as an unprovoked attack just before 1 p.m., a 15-year-old girl who was walking with her mother along Higuera Street said that her attacker walked toward them, and then, without saying a word, punched her with a closed fist, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

The force of his punch knocked the girl to the ground and broke her jaw in two places — requiring surgery and repair of several loose teeth, police said.

Police would not disclose the name of the girl nor her mother.

The girl’s attacker was described as a white man, about 6-feet-tall, estimated between ages 25 and 30, with short hair and a trimmed beard.

Police said he has a thin build, and was wearing a white T-shirt, a blue “athletic-type” sweat shirt and blue jeans.

He was last seen walking west along Higuera after the attack, according to police, who searched the downtown area.