The screams were so loud that they could be heard a block away, another state worker said Tuesday.
The alleged attacker,
The attack occurred about
Several Good Samaritans went to the woman's aid. Two chased her attacker across
The woman told
She told police that the man pushed her to the ground and then sexually assaulted her, and that she elbowed her attacker and screamed with the hope of getting someone to help her, according to the police report. A short time later, the man got up and ran off toward nearby
Two people that the woman recognized from her office building chased after her attacker, she said, while others came to her help and called 911, according to the police report.
In an interview with detectives, Oakes admitted grabbing the woman, according to a police report.
Oakes, who is on parole and living in a halfway house on
Oakes told officers that he sat on some steps near
"Oakes said once he started to follow her, he heard voices in his head telling him to grab her," according to the report. "Oakes said he then grabbed the female from behind and squeezed her [buttocks] and inner thigh."
He told police that the woman yelled at him and he immediately ran off, according to the report.
He said that he fell several times while running, then found himself "detained by a strange guy," according to the report. In his written statement to police, he made "apologetic statements to the victim regarding the incident," according to the report.
"I want to commend the Good Samaritans that jumped in and helped capture the man," he said. "Their willingness to step in shows the strong sense of community we have in our city."
Oakes has several felony convictions for crimes such as burglary and larceny.
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