Grand Forks woman fights off random attack by elbowing attacker in groin
Police say the victim and alleged attacker did not know each other and it was a random attack.
GRAND FORKS — A young woman in Grand Forks is lucky to be alive after police say she was a random target for a predator.
It happened just before 11 a.m. Sunday morning inside the Boulder Apartments across the street from Altru Hospital.
The college age woman told police a man, later identified as 27-year old Jarrod Adams, who is homeless, followed her into the Boulder Apartments wanting to use her cell phone.
She didn't let him and police say he followed her to the 4th floor where she lived.
She told police she tried to get away, but Adams blocked her and grabbed her by the neck and indicated he had a weapon.
She broke free and started screaming, but Adams allegedly ran after her and chased her into another apartment on the floor.
She claims she got away a few more times, but Adams allegedly kept pulling her back into the apartment until she elbowed him in the groin area and scratched his face and neck.
Adams then reportedly ran to another apartment building where he was arrested on kidnapping and other charges.
"It was not lived in. It was vacant, unknown why that door was unsecured, but as the victim was doing everything in her power to get away, that was the first door she was able to get into that was unlocked," said Lieutenant Andy Stein with the Grand Forks Police Department.
Police say parts of the attack were caught on camera.
Investigators are still trying to figure out why Adams allegedly targeted the woman at random.