A 22-year-old woman was attacked from behind by a man who tried to rape her while she walked through downtown Westbury village early Wednesday morning, Nassau County police said.

The victim was walking north on Post Avenue in the vicinity of Maple Avenue when the assailant grabbed her from behind, causing her to fall to the ground before he tried to sexually assault her at 12:40 a.m., police said.

A man who witnessed the attack intervened, causing the would-be rapist to run away eastbound Maple Avenue, police said. The victim suffered a minor laceration to her ear.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a medium build, facial hair, 40 to 50 years old who was wearing blue jeans, brown boots and a black hooded jacket.

The case is the second attempted rape in central Nassau in a week. Investigators are still searching for a suspect who also tried to rape a woman in the early morning hours of Oct. 16 in East Garden City, about two miles away from the scene of the latest case.

Special Victim’s Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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