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Woman says two young girls assaulted in same Coon Rapids neighborhood

Updated: June 24, 2019 10:26 PM

A Coon Rapids mother told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS her 12-year-old daughter was assaulted by an unknown male in late 2017 near the area where a 16-year-old girl was attacked last week.

Coon Rapids police cannot comment on the two cases because they are still active investigations, and they have not said the two assaults are connected.

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But one of the girl's mothers, whose identity 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is protecting, said there are enough similarities in the two attacks and she would like her neighbors to be aware of them. 

"My daughter was assaulted by a man near 103rd Avenue and Hummingbird Street on Sept. 29, 2017, and it is only about a 5-minute drive from where the 16-year-old was attacked."


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Coon Rapids police said last week the 16-year-old was dragged into the woods by a man who then pepper sprayed her. The girl was able to get away from him near the intersection of Coon Rapids Boulevard and Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension.

A Coon Rapids police report obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS does confirm a 12-year-old girl said a white male in is 30s with short dark hair came up from behind her and grabbed her buttocks and breasts and asked her if she "liked it." He then asked if "she wanted to go to his place."

The police report said the 12-year-old broke free of the suspect and ran away warning him she was a black-belt in karate. The report said the man then ran away in the opposite direction.

"The attacks were on two young girls in the same vicinity, both very close to a busy Coon Rapids Boulevard," the mother of the 12-year-old victim said. "And the description of the suspect from my daughter and the 16-year-old are somewhat similar."

"I do not know if they are connected," the 12-year-old girl's mother said.  "But there are just too many similarities in the two attacks that it makes me anxious and nervous, and I wanted other parents and families to know this happened in the same area."

Lisa Storey said she lives in the neighborhood and heard about the assault on the 16-year-old last week, but was unaware a 12-year-old had been assaulted in late 2017.

"It is one of those things that is alarming to people who live in the neighborhood," Storey said.  "And for anyone living here or just walking around here, it is one of those things you would want to know."

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