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Survivor's story: Woman speaks out about east side attack

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Cleveland Police sketch of man who tried to grab a woman in the area of MLK and Parkview. Cleveland Police sketch of man who tried to grab a woman in the area of MLK and Parkview.
CLEVELAND, OH -

A woman says a man grabbed her arm and tried to get her to go to an abandoned house, and it happened on Cleveland's east side where there have been a series of attacks on women. 

The latest incident happened last week at MLK and Parkview in broad daylight. 

The victim tells 19 Action News, she was walking when a strange man approached her. She says he started making small talk, tried to shake hands, and then grabbed her arm--twice. 

She says he even told her he lived at a house on the block, but it's abandoned. Perhaps even more alarming, he mentioned walking to East 93rd. In recent months, three women have been murdered in the general area of East 93rd. 

"I am about convinced this is the guy doing that on 93rd. He was too adamant about getting me down to 93rd," the victim told 19 Action News.  The woman says her attacker ran off when she pulled out a big, heavy key chain she carries for self-defense.

After the incident, the woman let it go, until she decided to report it a few days later because she wondered if the man she encountered had been to blame for anything else. 

"And then as I keep seeing the news, I said to myself I've got to call the police," she said.  The victim adds, this guy is thin and tall and 50-ish.

Cleveland Police are investigating.

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