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Woman Repeatedly Punched In Rape Attempt On York Blvd. In Highland Park, Witness Says

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Police are searching for a man who brutally beat up a woman walking down York Boulevard in Highland Park in a sexual assault attempt on Thanksgiving evening.

The victim was just leaving a McDonald's restaurant near the intersection of York Boulevard and Toledo Street when she was attacked at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, a witness told KTLA. LAPD Sgt. Douglas Bowler said the man knocked her to the ground and tried to sexually assault her, according to NBC Los Angeles.

"The guy was basically just on top of her, trying to rape her," witness Leticia Romo told KTLA. "When she started screaming, that's when he … apparently started socking her and socking her, and she just had blood all over her face, from him socking her, trying to shut her up."

Bystanders heard the woman's screams, leading to two men chasing after the attacker. But when the attacker lifted his shirt to show that he had a gun, the men stopped, Romo said.

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The victim was taken to a hospital, though her condition is unknown at this moment. Police told NBC Los Angeles that she is recovering.

Authorities searched the area for hours, but could not find the man. It is believed that he left the neighborhood. They have not released a description of the attacker. However, some of the nearby residents have surveillance cameras pointing toward the street, and police are reviewing the footage.

Romo said that the area of York Boulevard where the woman was attacked is "busy." She told KTLA, "For anybody to try to do — attempt to do something like that on this street, that's just … crazy."