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UPDATE: Police Chief: Spencer jogger attacked, escapes

Many people in Spencer are talking about the same thing. On Monday night Spencer police say a woman was running around 8:00 p.m. near 211 East Willow Drive when she says was attacked by a stranger.

"The perpetrator put her into some type of headlock move and she kneed the suspect in the groin," said Spencer Police Chief Shawn Bauer.

The woman was able to get away and call police but the attacker hasn't been caught.

That's worrying some in the community. "It's a little scary going out at night," said Amanda Messmann. "Driving home in the dark or walking to my car, or even going to the grocery store.

Messmann said when she heard about the reported attack she was scared.

"Moving to small town, going to a small school, you think that it's safer but sometimes small towns aren't much safer than big towns," said Messmann.

But police say people living in the community of less than 2,000 shouldn't worry.

"The Village of Spencer is a safe community," said Bauer. "And it's a safe place to live and work. We take incidents of this nature very seriously and we don't tolerate this type of behavior."

Police say they continue to investigate. Anyone with information should call the Spencer Police Department at 715-659-5453.

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