Police are searching for a man who assaulted a woman and attempted to pull her into his vehicle as she walked down a Newark street early Friday morning.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. on Haines Street, south of Continental Avenue, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The victim told police a black sedan stopped near her as she was walking, and a man got out and asked if she needed a ride. She said no and started to walk away, but the man grabbed her shoulder and tried to steer her toward his car. She tried to run away, but fell.

“Once on the ground, the suspect grabbed her ankle and began to pull her towards his car,” Rubin said. “While being pulled toward the suspect’s car, the victim broke free from the suspect and ran away from the area.”

The assailant was described as a black man, 18 to 22 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build, short hair and facial hair.

The woman, who didn’t report the incident until Friday evening, suffered minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

Rubin warned residents to stay alert.

“The Newark Police remind members of the public that it is safest to walk at night in groups and in well-lit areas,” he said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Det. Paul Keld at 302-366-7100, ext. 3106, or pkeld@newark.de.us.

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