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.

Jarrod Adams, 27, was arrested in Grand Forks and charged with kidnapping and other crimes following a random attack on a woman there.
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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.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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