Bystander scares away would-be rapist attacking woman walking home from train station

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A police sketch shows a man suspected of trying to rape a woman Oct. 22, 2014, as she walked home from an LIRR station in Westbury, Long Island. (Photo: Nassau County Police Department)

A police sketch shows a man suspected of trying to rape a woman Oct. 22, 2014, as she walked home from an LIRR station in Westbury, Long Island. (Photo: Nassau County Police Department)

WESTBURY, Long Island (PIX11) – An especially detailed sketch was released Tuesday of a man police say tried to rape a 22-year-old as she walked home from a Long Island Rail Road station.

It happened about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday near the LIRR station on Post Avenue in Westbury, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

The 22-year-old target was walking north from the station when she reached Post and Maple avenues and was attacked from behind, police said.

She was knocked to the ground and the subject then tried to pull down her pants, but was scared away by a bystander, police said.

The culprit ran away eastbound on Maple Avenue. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 40s to mid-50s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall. He was wearing a dark hooded sweat jacket, jeans and tan boots at the time of the attack.

Police released a realistic sketch of the attacker Tuesday with a call for help from the public. A reward up to $5,000 has been offered for tips leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information is urged to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers’ anonymously at 1-800-244-TIPS.