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Cambridge Police Searching For Man Who Sexually Assaulted Woman Near Porter Square

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman near the Porter Exchange Shopping Center in Cambridge on Wednesday. It happened around 8:40 a.m. on Roseland Street.

A 47-year-old Somerville woman told police she felt someone quickly approach her. As she tried to step out of the way, a man reached up her skirt and "aggressively" grabbed her.

Cambridge Police said that as the woman turned around to confront the man, he ran off. She was not able to give a description of the suspect.

Police released a short surveillance video clip of the man running away. He was wearing a light colored shirt and dark backpack.

Anyone in the area who has video from around 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday is asked to call Cambridge Police.

"It's really unusual I think for this area of Cambridge," resident Betsy Grove said. "I live near here and I walk around the area all the time and we consider it very safe."

Police are urging everyone in the neighborhood to be aware of their surroundings.

"I hope they find him soon because I don't ever want to see that happen to me or anybody else in this neighborhood," said Avanti Vemuri.

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