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Chula Vista attack victim fights back

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Authorities Tuesday released an artist's rendering of a gun-toting man who targeted a pedestrian on a South Bay roadside last weekend and tried to drag her off, fleeing when she shouted and fought back.

The 49-year-old victim was walking on a sidewalk alongside North Rancho del Rey Parkway in Chula Vista about 8:45 p.m. Sunday when the assailant approached from behind, grabbed her around the neck and pushed her through a patch of shrubbery onto a dirt path, according to police.

Yelling for help, the woman managed to break a branch off of a bush and used it to repeatedly strike the man, prompting him to run off, Lt. Fritz Reber said.

She described her would-be abductor as a clean-cut, brown-haired, roughly 5-foot-8-inch, 180-pound Latino in his early to mid-20s. He was carrying a black pistol.

Investigators believe the same man might be responsible for a similar assault that occurred six weeks earlier in the same general area. Early on the morning of Nov. 7, a man in a dark ski mask confronted a woman as she was walking to her home from her car on East H Street and sprayed her in the face with some sort of caustic chemical. As in the other case, he fled when the victim screamed, Reber said.

Anyone with information about either crime was asked to call (619) 422-TIPS.

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