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Police seek suspect in assault of, bike theft from 12-year-old Grand Forks girl

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GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks police are searching for a man suspected of assaulting and robbing a 12-year-old girl.

The incident was reported at about 1 p.m. Saturday at Third Avenue South and Belmont Road, where the girl said a man assaulted her and then took her bicycle. A man driving by witnessed the incident and chased the suspect in his vehicle for about three blocks, according to the police report.

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The suspect got off the bicycle and fled on foot northeast of the area. He's is described as 17 to 25 years old, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, athletic build with black hair, mustache and a goatee. He was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

The girl was treated and released from Altru Hospital.

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