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Police looking for man who tried to rape woman in western Queens

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A woman fought off a man who tried to rape her on a western Queens street last month, police said.

The 24-year-old victim was walking on 43rd Avenue, within the 110th Precinct, which covers Corona and Elmhurst, about 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 20 when the suspect grabbed her from behind, cops said. He then placed his hands around her mouth, pulled her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her, cops said.

The woman was able to fight off the suspect, who then fled. She suffered no physical injuries.

Police describe the suspect as Hispanic, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and pocked skin. He was last seen wearing black sneakers and a brown jacket, and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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