Dubuque Woman says Quick Thinking Prevented Her from Being Raped

By Katie Wiedemann KCRG-TV9

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Police are searching for a man they say randomly attacked and sexually assaulted a woman in her own garage in Dubuque. It happened just after 4 a.m. Sunday in a neighborhood near the corner of 16th and Jackson Streets in Dubuque.

For her protection KCRG-TV9 is not revealing the woman’s name.

She says she scratched the man several times with the hopes she’d get his D. N. A under her fingernails. That’s was quick thinking for an attack that she says came without warning.

The woman said, “This man was walking by and I said, ‘good morning’ and he turned and asked ‘do you have a cigarette?’ I told him I didn’t.”

The next thing she knew, she says that man shoved her into her garage and began attacking her.

“Once he had pushed me to the floor, I knew it was then that I had to do something or I was going to die,” she said.

The woman says she threw her hot coffee at him and hit him with a garden tool. But he didn’t stop. She says he lifted her shirt and fondled her, then forced her to fondle him.

She says she told him she’d do whatever he wanted only if he’d let her go in the house to get her asthma inhaler.

“When he let me get up I bolted out of that door and ran into my house. I started screaming and called 9-1-1 immediately,” said the woman.

The man ran off before police arrived.

Now neighbors say they’re on high alert.

Jason Kohen said, “You can’t even walk at night. I won’t even let my girlfriend outside because it’s dangerous. “

Meanwhile, the woman is left with bruises on her arms and legs as well as the fear that he’s still running free. But she’s hopeful, because her neighbors are on the lookout.

“If she ever needs anything, we’re good people. There still are good people,” said Kohen.

Police say the alleged attacker is a black male, 30 to 40 years old, 5’8” to 5’10”, 225 to 250 pounds, wearing a dark jacket and pants.

And if you have information police ask you to contact them.

l Comments: (563) 583-9999; katie.wiedemann@kcrg.com

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