‘Suspicious’ man follows, tries to grab young Iowa jogger amid Mollie Tibbetts disappearance: Report

Authorities in Dubuque, Iowa, are looking for a man who a young female jogger said followed her and attempted to “take her away” on Sunday.

Telegraph Herald reports that a social media post from a jogger in Dubuque spurred numerous responses and a call to authorities after the jogger claimed a male followed her, asked her “weird” questions, tried to give her flowers, then attempted to grab her. The victim said she punched and kicked him, prompting him to run off.

We are investigating a report of an assault on a jogger that would have occurred on S. Grandview near the fire station…

Posted by Dubuque Police Department on Monday, July 30, 2018


According to Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Jensen, the jogger, who later deleted her post after overwhelming responses, said the suspect was a male who appeared to be in his 20s with “brown wavy hair.” The reported incident occurred “between 6:58 and 7:09 p.m.” off of South Grandview Avenue, close to the fire station.

“We are looking into it, we are taking it very seriously, and we are seeing what we can figure out with it,” Jensen told the paper. “It is a busy street at that time of day, so hopefully, there were some witnesses out there. We will be doing a canvass of the area, seeing if anyone saw anything.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415.

The incident occurred two weeks after University of Iowa student, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, disappeared from Brooklyn after going for an evening jog. Authorities aren’t certain if Mollie was abducted while jogging and have not definitively confirmed whether they’re dealing with an abduction at all, but warn all joggers to always be around of their surroundings.

Further Reading: Mollie Tibbetts: Business offers $1K for information leading to missing student as additional clues in her disappearance surface

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