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HOPEWELL, Va. -- A knife-wielding man broke into a Hopewell home and attempted to sexually assault a woman in the house, according to Hopewell Police. The man ran off when the woman fought back.

"I would rather go down fighting than to go down not fighting," the woman, who asked her identity be protected, told Cameron Thompson. "We was just all over the room. The table and everything was just knocked over. He was stumbling. I was stumbling."

Officers were called to the Danville Street home at about 9:30 Tuesday night.

The woman said the intruder kicked in her door and rushed toward her.

"He just kept saying ‘Don’t move, don’t move,’ as he had the knife to my neck," she said.

After overcoming her initial shock, the woman says she fought back.

“Once that initially shock was over, it was like, ‘You know, buddy. You done messed with the wrong one,’” said the victim.

The woman said at one point she tried to grab her cellphone, but the attacker knocked it away. Feeling defeated, she said she pretended to give up and fell onto her couch. When the attacker came close, she shoved him away, and grabbed a home phone to call 911.

"I guess, it startled him that I did that and he just ran out the door," she said. "He’s not going to run me out of my house. He’s just not."

She said she suffered a few scrapes and bruises during the ordeal. Police described the attacker as a 20 to 30-year-old, heavy-set black man who stands 5'9" - 5’11” and has a goatee. He was last seen wearing denim jeans with a dark-colored “hoodie” style jacket and dark-colored gloves, police said.

"I hope they catch him and if they do catch him, I hope he goes away for a long time. A very long time," she said.

Hopewell Police requested anyone with information call Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at 804-541-2284 or Hopewell Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at 804-541-2202.

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