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Man Charged With Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - A Seattle, Washington man is accused of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and public intoxication after police say he touched a female inappropriately while she was on her morning walk with another woman near the intersection of Market and Dubuque streets.

According to a release from the Iowa City police department, two women were on their morning walk when they noticed a man running alongside them on the opposite side of the street. Eventually, the same man approached them and asked them what time it was, then began to touch one of the women inappropriately as she told him the time.

The release said the other female then told her friend to run, and they fled the area on foot and called police. The woman said she felt threatened and that the male was trying to sexually assault her.

Police found a man matching the description given by the women near Iowa Avenue and Highway 6 and identified the suspect as Michael Christopher Rizzo. The women later confirmed Rizzo as the man who approached them.

Rizzo was charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and public intoxication. Assault with the intent to Commit Sexual Abuse is an Aggravated Misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

University of Iowa police also assisted in the search.

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