MADISON, Wis. -

A woman told police she thinks sexual assault was the motive behind an incident where she was attacked last week on Madison’s east side.

The 34-year-old woman told police she was walking on Dempsey Road just before 11 p.m. Aug. 6 when a man hit her in the back of the head, according to a release.

She said she was knocked to the ground and there was a struggle, police said. She said she was able to fight the man off, but not before he choked her and cut her with a shiny metal object.

The woman suffered cuts and bruises, according to the release. She was not robbed.

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