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After assault, police remind public of importance of internet safety

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A 20-year-old woman is in the hospital after she was sexually assaulted, stabbed and left to die. Cedar Rapids police say the woman was attacked by a man she met online. Now the department is reminding everyone to be safe about what you post on the internet.

"I'm sure she's very frightened, very happy to be alive," said Sergeant Cristy Hamblin, Public Information Officer.

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, was attacked in her home. Police say she was choked, tied up, sexually assaulted and then stabbed, causing life-threatening injuries.

Police have arrested Brian Roche of Marion and charged him with attempted murder.

Now the department is using this as a reminder to others to be careful about what you post online.

"Any of the social network sites, be careful about the information that you put out there," said Hamblin.

  • Don't reveal personal information, such as your home address or the hours that you work.
  • When meeting someone in person for the first time, meet in a public place.
  • Tell a friend where you're meeting, and have an emergency phrase in case you need help.
  • Google the person before you meet them and check their name through Iowa Courts Online. However, remember that the name they've given you may not be their real name.

"Trust your instincts," said Hamblin. "That if this just feels kind of strange, if it feels kind of creepy, don't do the meeting."

Police are currently unsure if the two had met before, or if this was a planned meeting. The investigation is ongoing.

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