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Police seek suspect after woman says she was dragged, assaulted on Greenway

A man dragged a woman off a Greenway bike path on Monday afternoon and assaulted her, East Grand Forks police say, in an announcement seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect in the attack.

A late-evening release from the East Grand Forks Police Department describes an attack that happened just before 5 p.m. near the northern pedestrian bridge on the Greenway.

“A female was rollerblading northbound on the bike path when an unidentified male riding a bicycle crashed into her. The crash caused the female to fall down, causing a minor injury. The male approached her and attempted to help her up,” the release states.

“While the male was helping her up, he pushed her back down onto the ground,” the release continues. “The male then drug her into the tall grass and trees and assaulted her. After a short struggle, the male let the female go and left the area.”

The woman did not receive medical treatment after sustaining minor injuries.

The suspect is described as an old, thin, six-foot, 50- to 60-year-old man with “a wrinkly face,” full grey or white beard and gray hair.

“He was last seen wearing a red shirt and possibly shorts,” the release states. “His bicycle was described as a mountain bike with thin tires, possibly orange, brown or tan.”

East Grand Forks police urge anyone with information to call (218) 773-1104 or 911.