Cops: Woman attacked by passenger she picked up

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A 33-year-old woman at the wheel of a 2009 Nissan was grabbed around the neck late Sunday in Massapequa by a male passenger she had picked up after he said he would show her the way to the LIE, police said.

The woman, driving east on Merrick Road, stopped at 11:40 p.m. near Forest Avenue to ask for directions to the Long Island Expressway, Nassau County police said. The man, about 19 to 23 years old, told the woman he would show her the way and got in the back of the car, police said.

When the woman looked into the rearview mirror, she saw him expose himself by pulling down his shorts, and when she pulled over, the man grabbed her, police said.

The woman screamed and honked the horn, and the man left the vehicle, fleeing on foot south on Ocean Avenue, police said.

Seventh Precinct police officers, the K-9 Unit and Aviation Bureau conducted an extensive search for the man, described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, and wearing a red shirt and red baseball cap, police said. The woman was not injured, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information can call Nassau County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-244-TIPS.

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