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Police searching for suspect in Rochester sexual assault

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — The Rochester Police Department is seeking a suspect in a reported indecent exposure incident and sexual assault that happened Thursday night.

According to RPD, a 35-year-old woman was walking along 11th Avenue Southwest near the Saint Marys campus around 7:30 p.m., when a man approached her and tried to start a conversation. The man then reportedly exposed himself and touched himself inappropriately.

RPD said the woman started walking away from the man but he followed her, grabbed her and rubbed himself against her. The woman was able to get away and called police.

Rochester Police said the man is suspected in several indecent exposure incidents west of downtown Rochester. The incidents primarily occurred between 4th Avenue SW and 11th Avenue SW, from 2nd St. SW to 2nd St. NW, RPD said.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 5’8 and 5’10 and is about 20 years old. Police said he wears black-rimmed glasses, has a thin build and is often wearing athletic-style clothes.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact police at 507-328-6800 or call 911 in the event of an emergency. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Megan Zemple

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