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Jimmy John's staff helps stop sexual assaulter

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20-year-old Grant Ajango is accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside a Jimmy John's restroom. 20-year-old Grant Ajango is accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside a Jimmy John's restroom.
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Some Jimmy John's workers are being credited with helping police catch a man accused of sexual assault.

20-year-old Grant Ajango is facing charges of sexual abuse and false imprisonment.

Ajango is accused of locking a woman in a restroom inside of Jimmy John's on E. Washington Street in downtown Iowa City.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman went into the restroom at Jimmy John's on August 5th around 2:30 in the morning, that's when she found Ajango already inside.

In the restroom, Ajango is accused of slamming the woman against the wall and sexually assaulting her against her will.

The woman was able to reach for her phone which had fallen out of her pocket, that's when the criminal complaint says she texted her friends who were outside the restroom, writing "help."

"They said our friends calling us from inside the bathroom and she needs help," Miles Anderson, a Jimmy John's employee tells us.

Anderson got a key for the bathroom door.

"And when they opened it, it was already open and the door was forcefully shut behind them," Anderson told us, recalling the events as they unfolded.

"They said there is a dude in there, so I said open it up right now I'm not gonna like let this happen," he added.

Anderson and the woman's friends would not believe what they saw when the door opened.

"We saw that a man's pants was down and he was holding a woman up against the wall," Anderson says.

That's when Ajango allegedly tried to run away.

"The switch turned on in my head and of course I don't tolerate that kind of stuff so it's just like I'm gonna take this guy down no matter what and make sure he doesn't leave this store," Anderson told us.

Ajango was held down until police arrived and were able to arrest him.

"Miles didn't even think about his own safety, just went right into it and stopped that guy, that was awesome. I'm just really proud of my crew," says Jed Crawford, Jimmy John's General Manager.

We asked Anderson if he considered himself a hero, and he said he did something anyone could do.

Ajango has a criminal past including theft and carrying weapons.

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