Suspect sought in attempted sexual battery

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BRADENTON - Manatee County deputies are investigating an attempted sexual battery.

It happened around midnight on 57th Avenue Terrace East in Bradenton.

Deputies say the victim was walking home when the suspect approached her. He put his hand over her mouth, held a knife to her throat and told her over and over, “Don’t scream or I’ll kill you!” He then forced her behind a house.

The victim told investigators he put his hand down her pants, and then stopped. She then says they both walked away.

Authorities are looking for 39-year-old Mike Hope, who is a person of interest in the case.