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Tampa police search for attempted rape suspect

TAMPA — Officers were searching Monday for a man they said attempted to rape a woman outside a laundromat.

About 2 a.m. Monday, the woman was smoking a cigarette outside the Tampa Coin Laundromat when a man wearing no pants and a ski mask approached her from behind a nearby trash bin, Tampa police said. When the woman went back inside the laundromat, at 5814 N 40th St., the suspect tackled her from behind and tried to assault her.

The woman told police she believed the man was armed with a sharp weapon but she was able to fight him off. He then ran.

Police initiated an extensive search on the ground and from the air. Police also had surveillance video of the suspect trying to hide behind the trash bin.

Anyone who has information about this crime was asked to call the police at (813) 231-6130.