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Man assaults pedestrian with ‘bear hug’

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a woman by holding her in a “bear hug” type hold in San Mateo late Thursday night.

A 24-year-old woman was walking east on a pedestrian walkway on East Third Avenue overlooking U.S. Highway 101 around 11:40 p.m. when she noticed a man was following her, police said.

The man quickly walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her torso, according to police. The woman was able to break away and fled to her home where she called police.

She was not injured in the incident, police said. The man is described as Hispanic, between 30 and 40 years old, standing about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 140 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call San Mateo police Detective Dave Manion at (650) 522-7654. Those who wish to remain anonymous can leave a tip at (650) 522-7676 or via text message at (650) 262-3473.

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