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Police patrol Greenway, look for leads on Monday assault

East Grand Forks Police are adding bike patrols to the Greenway as they continue their investigation into an assault of a woman rollerblading on the Greenway Monday night. So far they have no hard leads on the described attacker: a white man in his 50s or 60s on a bicycle.

East Grand Forks Police say a woman was rollerblading northbound on the Greenway just south of the north pedestrian bridge when she was crashed into by a man on a bicycle. The man then approached her, and the victim said she thought he was going to help her up, but instead she was dragged off into the weeds and physically assaulted.

The suspect is described as a white man between 50-60 years old, standing about 6 feet tall, thin, with a full greyish-white beard and grey hair, riding an orange, brown or tan mountain bike with thin tires.

Detective Tony Hart said tips have poured in from the public Tuesday.

"We've gotten some calls about a man matching that description that others have seen on the Greenway," Hart said.

But so far, police do not have a specific person of interest in mind.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the assault and declined to be brought to the hospital for medical treatment, police say.

Lt. Rodney Hajicek, a 27-year veteran of the East Grand Forks Police, said he doesn't know of any similar incidents ever being reported on the Greenway.

Across the river, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel also could not recall a reported assault on the path.

"Nothing immediately comes to mind, but that doesn't mean it's never happened," he said.

East Grand Forks Police are continuing to investigate the attack. Anyone with tips is encouraged to call (218) 773-1104.