A man whose advances had been spurned by a 17-year-old girl in Strawberry Mansion on Wednesday night later broke into the girl's house and attempted to rape her at knifepoint, police said.

Although the girl suffered deep cuts to her arm that required stitches, she fought off her attacker and ran for help, according to authorities.

Sometime shortly before midnight Wednesday, the teenager was sitting on the porch of her home on Fontain Street near 30th when Keith McNealy, 30, tried to hit on her, police said. She told him to go away and he did, but about 2 a.m., McNealy returned to the girl's house and broke in through an open window on the porch, according to police.

The teenager was awakened in her second-floor bedroom by barking dogs and found McNealy standing over her with a knife, said Special Victims Unit Capt. John Darby. McNealy threatened the girl and demanded sex, but she broke free and ran out of the house into the street for help, according to police.

She was then taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where she required stitches for lacerations on her arm, Darby said.

Two adults in the house at the time, the girl's aunt and a friend of her aunt, were unharmed, police said.

Authorities quickly identified McNealy, who lives in the neighborhood, as a suspect, and he was taken into custody and charged with attempted rape, aggravated assault and related offenses, Darby said.


A man who assaulted another man with a knife in Hunting Park yesterday morning barricaded himself in a house for about three hours but was later taken into custody without incident, according to police.

The 32-year-old man, who was not identified, assaulted a man with a knife about 8:05 a.m. and then ran inside a house on Hunting Park Avenue near 5th Street and locked himself inside when police arrived, police said.

The man was taken into custody without incident shortly after 11 a.m., police said.

- Staff and wire reports