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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police released the sketch of a man wanted for an armed kidnapping and sexual battery attempt.

A 38-year-old female, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department, was violently attacked by an armed man while on her way home from work. The attack happened Monday at 4:30 AM on West Dixie Hwy and NE 115 St.

The man is seen on surveillance running up to the victim from behind, a struggle ensues between the two, the woman is dragged and then pushed out of the camera’s view.

“The female victim was pushed to the ground and dragged several, several feet into a parking lot,” said Det. Marjorie Eloi with Miami-Dade Police.

Police say the man was pulling the woman towards the rear of the business to sexually assault her.

“The subject wasn’t going to kill her. His intentions were to rape her,” said Eloi.

Miami-Dade Police said the victim managed to fight off her attacker but he also got away.

“The victim began fighting with the subject, in fear for her life and in fear for her safety and was able to prevent herself from being raped or God knows what else could have happened,” said Eloi.

The woman was able to provide police with a description of the man.

WEB EXTRA: Click here to watch MDPD’s surveillance

Police describe the man as 5’7” in height with a thin build and somewhere between 20 and 30.

The public is urged to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings and to report anyone acting suspiciously to police.

Those who live in the neighborhood say they’re going to take extra precautions knowing this man is on the loose.

“I can’t believe this actually happened across the street from where I live.  I can’t believe that.  It’s horrifying,” said resident Yvette Thompson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (305)471-TIPS (8477).

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