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Appleton police arrest man following robbery, attack on woman

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Perry T. Hulbert
Perry T. Hulbert

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Appleton arrest a man they say robbed a woman and tried to sexually assault her early Thursday.

Police were called to the 300 block of North Appleton Street just after 2 a.m.

A female told officers a stranger had attacked her and dragged her to a nearby parking lot. She said he then punched her in the face several times, choked her and tried to sexually assault her. When a vehicle pulled into the lot, the victim said the man ripped her purse from her and ran away.

While cops were looking for the suspect, they saw a suspicious vehicle circling the area. An officer pulled the vehicle over for an equipment violation.

The officer then saw that the passenger matched the description of the man they were looking for. Police say the passenger lied to the officer about who he was, but further investigation helped the officer determine his true identity. Police also found the victim’s wallet in the vehicle.

The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Perry T. Hulbert, was arrested. Officers found out that he was out on bond from charges in Winnebago and Outagamie counties.

Court records indicate Hulbert is facing charges in Winnebago County for robbery with use of force and bail jumping. He is facing charges in Outagamie County for criminal damage to property, resisting or obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

Appleton police are still investigating the case and would like to speak with more witnesses, including the people in the vehicle that disrupted the attack. Police are also looking for the victim’s brown Coach purse. Appleton police can be reached at (920) 832-5500.

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