Man in flower dress wielding knife arrested for sex assault, flashing Warren grandmother

- Warren police arrested a man they said forced his way through a back window of a Warren home and exposed himself to a grandmother and two small children.

Four schools were locked down Thursday morning in Warren while police were looking for the suspect wanted in the home invasion and sex assault. 

Police said the man forced his way into a home on Ira Boulevard and sexually assaulted a young woman around 7 a.m. Police said he was wearing a blue flower print dress and shower cap while wielding a knife during the assault.

The woman was taken to the hospital but the man was still on the run. 

After leaving the home, he went to a park at the corner of Ira and Toepfer where he found the grandmother and two young children at a play structure. Police said the man lifted the dress and exposed himself to the grandmother. They said he then made gestures towards her to have sex with him.

The woman stood her ground and yelled at the man as he ran from the scene.

Police were called and four area schools were locked down as police searched for him. Chatterton Middle School, Fitzgerald High School, Mound Park Elementary School and Schofield Elementary School were all locked down. 

When police responded, we're told the suspect was running down the street. The man was arrested without incident and was carrying the knife, police say.

The man has not been identified and is expected to be arraigned on Friday.

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