WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A woman who was standing next to her car outside Potomac Mills mall was strangled by a man who asked her for directions.

It happened at 9:29 p.m. Thursday,  March 20 when the 34-year-old female victim, of Lorton, had just left work and was in the mall parking lot, at the corner of Potomac Mills Circle and Nazarene Way in Woodbridge. A man walked up to her and asked for her directions but then began to choke her, Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The woman fell to the ground where she continued to struggle with her attacker. The man then demanded her car keys and tried to force her into the back seat of the car.

The man was unsuccessful, however, and fled on foot. The victim suffered minor injuries, said police.

A police K-9 unit was called into search for the man but the search yielded no results.

The attacker is described as Hispanic, between 20 and 25 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a thin build and short black hair. He was wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and a black beanie style cap.