Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County Sheriff's deputies are searching for man who attacked a woman as she left her home Thursday night.

Authorities say 39-year-old Michael Hope grabbed the woman as she walked in the area of 57th Avenue Terrace East and 10th Street and put his hand over her mouth and a knife to her throat. He then told her over and over not to scream or he would kill her.

Hope then forced the woman behind a home in the 1000 block of 57th Avenue Terrace East and threw her on the ground. The woman told police he then tried to put her hand down her pants but at one point stopped and let her go.

Deputies are looking for Hope and are asking anyone that has any information on his whereabouts to contact them at 941-747-3011.

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