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Forum staff reports, Published October 31 2013

Man arrested after assault at Fargo nightclub

FARGO -- A 26-year-old Moorhead man was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman at The Hub nightclub in Fargo.

According to Police Lt. Joel Vettel:

Staff at the nightclub called police around midnight after a woman told them she had been assaulted in a car in the parking lot.

Vettel said it appears the suspect and victim met earlier inside the bar and there was some consensual interaction.

He said the woman told police that she left the bar with the man and when they were in the parking lot the suspect forced her into a car and sexually assaulted her.

Both the woman and the suspect then returned to the bar, where the woman reported the assault, Vettel said.

Based on the woman's description, officers detained the suspect and later placed him under arrest.

Vettel said the suspect, identified as Erik R. Ott, 26, of Moorhead, faces a felony charge of gross sexual imposition.