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Man grabs girl late at night in Prospector, the police say

The Park City Police Department last week arrested a man on a sex charge, alleging that he grabbed a teen-aged girl in Prospector in the late-night hours.

According to the department, the incident occurred at 12:17 a.m. on Friday, July 21 at the intersection of Prospector Avenue and Poison Creek Lane when two 14-year-old girls were walking to a condominium.

Mark Schaerrer, a Police Department sergeant, says that an 18-year-old man grabbed one of the girls and tried to grope her. She got away, Schaerrer says, and contacted the police.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and found a witness who knows the suspect, Schaerrer says. The police arrested the man, who is from Park City, on a charge of forcible sexual assault. Schaerrer says the case may be charged as a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in state prison and a $5,000 fine.

The victim does not live in Utah.

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Schaerrer says that the suspect was drinking alcohol before the incident. The police found him in an Iron Horse Drive apartment, Schaerrer says.

Other incidents reported to the Police Department last week include:

On Sunday, July 23, the day before Pioneer Day, at 10:22 p.m., a person in the vicinity of the 1000 blocks of Norfolk and Woodside avenues reported fireworks being ignited. Earlier, at 10:18 p.m., the police warned someone at City Park against using fireworks and at 10 p.m., fireworks were reported at the southern end of City Park.

The police received a report at 6:11 p.m. from the 1700 block of Park Avenue that a man was yelling at people in a parking lot and threatened them with a large pipe he took from his truck. An officer warned the person for reckless driving in a parking lot.

A person reported to the police a hit-and-run traffic accident on the 700 block of Main Street at 3:54 p.m. The police say that the vehicle was damaged on the rear passenger side.

On Saturday, July 22 at 12:29 a.m., an officer stopped several people riding long skateboards, known as longboards, in the China Bridge parking structure. They police warned them against riding in the garage.

On Friday, July 21 at 7:55 p.m., a person on the 1900 block of Sidewinder Drive reported being pistol-whipped.

At 9:05 p.m., the police received a complaint that three people were throwing fireworks at cars on the 200 block of Park Avenue. The suspects were gone when the police arrived, but officers report that debris from fireworks was found at the location.

At 4:02 p.m., kids were reportedly shooting bottle rockets at the intersection of Creek Drive and Holiday Ranch Loop Road. Earlier, at 3:01 a.m., kids were found shooting fireworks at the skateboard park at City Park. An officer warned the kids.

On Thursday, July 20 at 9:53 p.m., the police arrested a person on a charge of aggravated assault on the 1200 block of Park Avenue.

At 7:15 p.m., the police received a report of graffiti on a bench in City Park.

The police arrested a person on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs on the 400 block of Park Avenue at 6:02 p.m.

Someone reported that a stroller was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 2100 block of Park Avenue. The stroller, the police say, is valued at more than $200.

At 1:57 a.m., a woman reported being assaulted by another woman, who allegedly struck her with a purse on the 1500 block of Park Avenue. The police found the suspect and cited her on a simple-assault charge.

On Wednesday, July 19 at 1:45 p.m., a fight was reported on the 900 block of Norfolk Avenue. The police say that the incident involved two dogs.

On Tuesday, July 18 at 12:01 p.m., someone turned into a police officer a wallet they found on the 1600 block of Park Avenue.

On Monday, July 17 at 9:41 p.m., a city bus reportedly ran out of gas at Iron Horse Drive and Short Line Road.

At 9:52 p.m., a person on the 1800 block of Gold Dust Lane reported a vehicle was burglarized. The police say the incident involved less than $50.

A taxi driver complained to the police at 5:40 p.m. that a passenger refused to pay a fare on the 1600 block of Bonanza Drive. The police cited the person on a charge of theft of services. The police say that the fare was between $50 and $200.

A vehicle burglary was reported at 1:24 p.m. on the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue. The police say the case involves more than $200.

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