MANCHESTER, NH (CBS) – A woman who was attacked Monday night in Manchester, New Hampshire managed to fight off the suspect by beating him with her purse.

Police say the 22-year-old victim, who was staying at Sheraton Four Points Hotel, was walking back to the hotel from a nearby restaurant just before midnight when a man came up from behind and grabbed here around the waist.

The woman told officers she immediately began striking the suspect with her purse.

She managed to break free and escape into the hotel.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man in his late twenties, about 5’7” with a heavy build and wearing dark, baggy clothing.

Investigators say the victim did not know the attacker and that his motive remains unclear.

Manchester police are asking anyone with information to come forward.


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