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La Jolla Shores Attack: Woman Thought Man Who Brutally Beat Her Wanted Her Dead, Says SDPD

Victim described assailant as muscular, short-haired, roughly 5-foot-7-inch man in mid-20s to early 40s, wearing black sweats and fingerless leather gloves

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Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying a man who attacked a woman last week at La Jolla Shores Beach, beating and seemingly trying to suffocate her before fleeing as she fought for her life.

The 59-year-old victim was walking through Kellogg Park, in the 8300 block of Camino del Oro, when the assailant tackled her from behind shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, the San Diego Police Department reported.

Pinning the victim down with "wrestling style" holds, the man repeatedly punched her in the face, struck her on the head with her cane, covered her mouth and nose and twisted her head to the side, according to an SDPD statement.

Fearing for her life, the woman fought back, and the attacker eventually let her go and ran off to the north.

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The victim received hospital treatment for various injuries, including cuts, scrapes and bruises.

She described the assailant as a muscular, short-haired, roughly 5- foot-7-inch man in his mid-20s to early 40s, wearing black sweats and fingerless leather gloves. Investigators believe he likely suffered injuries to his head, face and hands during the assault, police said.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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