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Update: More details released after alleged assault on Grandview Ave. in Dubuque

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Published: Aug. 1, 2018 at 4:05 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Court documents state a man accused of assaulting a runner first saw the woman while he was driving.

The woman reported the incident to police on Sunday, July 29. She told police she saw a white man wearing all black in the area of South Grandview and Randall Place. She ran past the man, who police later identified as 22 year-old Greg Langel.

According to court documents, Langel ran up to the victim and told her she was beautiful. He asked her questions about her run and then gave her a yellow flower.

Police say Langel asked the woman for her phone number, which she denied to give. It's then that police say Langel grabbed the woman's arm.

The woman pulled her arm away and then Langel tried to grab her with both arms, "almost like a bear hug," according to court documents. The woman kicked Langel.

Investigators reviewed traffic camera footage of the area and saw a dark green Honda Accord registered to Langel. Court documents state the car was traveling north near the intersection of S. Grandview and Highway 20.

In the footage, police see the victim run south through the intersection, at which point Langel's car "does an immediate U-turn."

Court documents state Langel admitted in an interview to seeing the victim running on S. Grandview, running up to her, calling her beautiful, giving her a flower and asking for her phone number.

Police state Langel denied "assaulting her by grabbing her in any way, but then state he did touch her when he shook her hand."

The woman was able to pick out Langel in a photo-lineup.

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PREVIOUS: The Dubuque Police Department arrested a man they say assaulted a woman while she was running on South Grandview Avenue on Sunday.

According to a press release, on Sunday, July 29 around 7 p.m., 22 year old Greg Langel approached the victim near Randall Place and tried to start a conversation.

Langel asked the victim for her phone number and then grabbed her arm when she refused to tell him, police say. The woman was able to pull her arm away and kick Langel when he tried to grab her again.

Lieutenant Joe Messerich said investigators relied on traffic camera footage to find the suspect.

In the footage, they were able to see the victim running as well as a suspicious vehicle in the area, which was registered to Langel.

Messerich said, "traffic cameras were the key piece and our investigators recognizing the activity that the vehicle was and drawing their attention to it and then following up with the suspect really made the case."

In a police interview, Langel made "limited admissions" about the incident.

Police charged Langel with simple assault.

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