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Manchester man accused of groping woman, pulling knife on her boyfriend

August 31. 2018 11:17PM

MANCHESTER — A 19-year-old city man is facing serious sexual assault charges for allegedly accosting a woman near Bronstein Park early Thursday morning.

Ian Brown was taken into custody about 1:40 a.m. and charged with criminal threatening, sexual assault-forcible fondling, and attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault.

According to Manchester police, the incident happened about 1 a.m. The victim told police she had been walking between Bronstein Park and her boyfriend’s residence on Walnut Street when she was attacked near Amherst Street.

She said a man approached from behind and grabbed her buttocks. Believing it was her boyfriend who was walking to meet her, she turned around and was surprised to see it was a man she did not recognize.

“The man immediately fondled her chest as she attempted to push him away,” police said. “Instead, he grabbed her and reached into her pants.”

About then, the woman’s boyfriend approached and saw something amiss. He yelled and the attacker fled, police said.

“The victim’s 35-year-old boyfriend gave chase and soon caught up to the suspect, who immediately pulled a knife on the boyfriend before running away,” police said.

Brown then allegedly ran east on Concord Street and was caught a short time later by Officer Jason Soucy, who found Brown behind his Walnut Street address, police said.

Brown appeared in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North later Thursday.

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