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November 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Man punches, gropes woman in Pioneer Square attack

Police arrested a man after he groped and punched a woman in Pioneer Square Tuesday night.

The victim was walking on Third Avenue just after 5 p.m. when she noticed a shirtless man approaching her near Yesler Way, according to police. The man walked up behind the woman, stuck his hand inside her pants and repeatedly punched her in the head, police said.

The man tried to take the woman’s phone, but she was able to fend him off.

Several bystanders jumped on the shirtless man and held him down until officers arrived and arrested him.

The victim was not seriously hurt, police said.

The man, who police said appeared to be high on drugs, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery and indecent liberties.

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