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New York Woman Fights Off Attempted Rapist

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Police are searching for a New York City man accused of attempted rape.

The man allegedly attempted to rape a 36-year-old woman, who fought off her attacker in the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brooklyn at around 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 15, according to the New York Daily News.

The attacker reportedly approached the victim from behind on the street, covering her mouth with his hand and shoving her to the ground. He then allegedly attempted to pull her underwear down, but she managed to fight him off before he fled the scene.

The woman was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned man in his 30s, weighing about 160 pounds and standing around 5 foot 7 inches tall. He was last seen wearing jogging clothes, a gray coat and black shoes.

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Police released surveillance video of the man on Nov. 17. Anyone with information about his identity is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

In another story of a woman fighting off an attempted rape, an Indiana woman fought off her attacker with a knife and a hammer in August, according to WXIN.

Lucas Williams, 33, allegedly attacked a 27-year-old woman twice in two weeks at her apartment. The woman said she does not know Williams.

"I was scared," said the victim. "I was in shock. I thought I'd seen [my] life flash before my eyes."

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The woman made her initial report to police on Aug. 15, one day after she says Williams raped her.

Williams reportedly had a gun during the first attack, police said. In the second incident, Williams allegedly broke into the woman's apartment to try and attack her again.

"He thought he was going to run into an easy situation where he could just run in and try to rape me again," said the victim, who had a pocket knife hidden in her bra. "It was either I assault him or I end up dead."

"He proceeded to choke me where I couldn't breathe, so out of defense I did what I had to do to defend myself," said the woman.

She is reported to have stabbed Williams multiple times before hitting him with a hammer.

Williams was airlifted to a hospital with wounds to his neck and head.

The victim said Williams repeatedly told her he was sorry during the attack.

"I'm sorry, you're just not sorry for raping nobody and then you come to my house and try to do it again, you break in my house again," said the woman. "How are you sorry?"

When speaking to police about his injuries, Williams initially said someone attacked him from behind while walking home. He later changed his account, saying the injuries occurred during a consensual sexual encounter.

Police charged Williams with rape, sexual battery, attempted rape, burglary,and strangulation.

Sources: New York Daily News, WXIN / Featured Image: Franck Michel/Flickr / Embedded Images: DCPI via New York Daily News, bulletsoul23/Flickr

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