Suspect wanted in Woodside attempted rape of 61-year-old

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A man punched and tried to rape a 61-year-old woman in Woodside last week, police said.

The victim was walking near 71st Street and 41st Avenue at about 10:45 p.m. on June 11 when she was attacked, cops said.

After the suspect approached the woman, he punched her in the face, pushed her to the ground and attempted to rape her, according to police. The victim fought back, and the suspect fled northbound on 71st Street. The woman suffered minor injuries, cops said.

Police describe the suspect as Hispanic, about 17 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 165 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue soccer jersey with a red stripe, dark jeans and sneakers.

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