Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  Rochester police officers were called out on Christmas Day night to check a reported sexual assault in the downtown.

A spokesman says a 57 year old woman was at Kathy’s Pub and went into the alley behind the bar to have a cigarette around 7:30 p.m. The woman says a man described as Somali suddenly walked up and grabbed her and then began groping her.

Some other patrons of the bar saw what was happening and came to her rescue. The man ran but they caught him a short distance away.The men were not able to hold him, however, and he broke free and fled.

The woman was not hurt.


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