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Man arrested for attempted sexual assault on neighbor

Neighbor arrested for attempted sexual assault on victim
Posted at 6:44 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 14:47:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man is behind bars, accused of trying to sexually assault a mother in front of her 3-year-old child.

According to an arrest report, an officer was called to a location in the 2000 King Street about a possible sexual assault Friday evening.

When the officer arrived, the victim explained that she was getting her kids inside the car to go to Wal-Mart, when the suspect, identified as Marcus Griffin, came over and started talking to her.

According to the report, the victim told the officer that she had problems with Griffin in the past and acted kind toward him because she could tell he had been drinking. 

However, after Griffin approached her, he forced his hands down her pants.

"The victim physically resisted the suspect's efforts," the report says, "but was unable to break fee."

The victim told the responding officer that Griffin was attempting to sexually assault her, but her 3-year-old son stopped him, punching and kicking Griffin.

The victim also wrote in her statement that her son also "grabbed her cell phone to call 911" before Griffin stopped the assault and went home.

When the child was asked by the officer what had happened with his mom, he said "the man next door was over here." 

A person who the victim was on the phone with during the assault also corroborated the account. 

When Griffin was interviewed by authorities, he denied that the incident ever happened, saying that "while I was over there, I just talked to her for a little while. She left to go to Wal-Mart and then came back a little while ago." 

Based on the investigation, Griffin was arrested and charged with sexual assault on a victim over 12 years old.