Woman fends off rape attempt

A 35-year-old woman walking her dog in Margate Park Tuesday managed to fend off a rape attempt by kicking at her attacker, police said.

The woman told police she was playing with her dog at the park at 4931 N. Marine Drive at about 10:15 p.m. when a black man in his 20's began calling to her dog.

The victim ignored the man and walked over to the other side of the playground. According to police reports the man followed her, saying, “relax, I just want to talk to you.”  

The woman told the man she was leaving the park and to leave her alone.

The man then grabbed her arms, pushed her against a fence, pulled down her pants and attempted to rape her, police reports said.

The woman kicked at the man and told him to get away, apparently dissuading her attacker. The woman told police the man suddenly stopped his attack, pulled up his pants and walked away.