By Kate Harding, The Wall St. JournalBy Kate Harding and Daniel J. Gallagher, The Associated PressUpdated Feb. 24, 2019 12:40 p.m.
ESTIn this case, the victim said she was at a bar in an Austin neighborhood when a man approached her and tried to kiss her.
The victim, who asked that her last name not be published, said the man asked if she was an escort and tried unsuccessfully to grab her purse.
The man then tried to strangle her, she said.
She said the suspect was wearing surgical gloves.
The woman said she left the bar before police arrived and that her attacker left her on a park bench.
She didn’t know how long the man had been at the bar, but she said he looked like a white man who looked like he had shaved his head.
The Austin Police Department said it was still investigating the attack.
A statement on the department’s website said officers responded to the incident on March 11, 2019, at about 12:30 a.m., where they were called to the area of South Congress Street and W. Congress Avenue.
It said a woman told police she was assaulted by a man and a woman and the man grabbed her purse while she was walking to a nearby coffee shop.
The woman told officers she had to run to get help and was taken to the hospital, the statement said.
It didn’t specify if the assault occurred in a bar or in a park.
Police said they interviewed the victim, the suspect and the woman.
The police department said it’s working to determine if the victim reported the attack to authorities.