A 30-year-old woman on Monday fought off a man who pushed her to the ground, punched her in the face and attempted to rip her shirt off, according to police.
At about 9:05 p.m. on Aug. 12, the female victim was walking southbound on Mill Road from the Valley Stream train station when a black male suspect with a thin build riding a bicycle grabbed her butt from behind, police said.
She ran westbound on Jedwood Place, but the suspect caught up with her, pushed her to the ground and punched her in the face. The suspect then attempted to rip off the woman’s shirt and pin her to the ground, but she was able to fight him off. The suspect then fled the scene on his bicycle in an unknown direction. The victim went to an area hospital where she was treated for scrapes and cuts to her arms and legs.
Police are investigating a possible connection to a Lynbrook burglary where a man with a similar description forced his way into a home, inappropriately grabbed a female homeowner, and tried to choke her.
Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.