Hempstead police are searching for a man who attacked a gas station clerk who questioned his credit card.

The 43-year-old clerk was working at the Apple Gas Station at 797 Peninsula Blvd. when a man tried to use the fraudulent credit card about 6:20 p.m., Nassau County police said.

When the clerk asked for identification, the man demanded the credit card back and slammed the clerk to the ground behind the counter, police said.

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The man sped away in a dark blue Nissan Xterra with a passenger. The passenger, a woman, was described as having long curly hair and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and beige pants.

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The suspect was last seen wearing a red winter hat, a black jacket and tan pants, police said.

The clerk was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.