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Duluth Firefighter cited in assault of woman on city trail

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DULUTH, MN -- Police have identfied a Duluth Firefighter as the man who allegedly assaulted a 65-year-old woman Friday morning on the Traverse Trail.

The incident happened shortly after 8 a.m. near 84th Avenue West in the city's Norton Park neighborhood.

Police say the woman asked the the man, identified late Friday as 48-year-old Conrad Sunde, to leash his dogs, which prompted the assault causing non-life threatening facial injuries.

Conrad Sunde | 2012 File Photo

Sunde had been riding a bike on the trail with three off-leash dogs, police said.

Police arrested Sunde and issued him citations for 5th Degree Assault and dog off leash.

Duluth Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman said the city is aware of the incident involving a City of Duluth employee.

"We take these matters very seriously."

On Saturday, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson took to Facebook saying she shared the community outrage at the behavior.

"It’s horrifying and causes the public to question the character of our staff who have been entrusted to keep you safe. This behavior does not represent the best of our city, our community and ourselves as city staff."

Larson added that she had reached out to the victim to apologize on behalf of the city.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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