By JOE MAHONEY
The Daily Star
---- — COOPERSTOWN — A woman employed at Bassett Medical Center was violently assaulted early Wednesday by a would-be robber, village police reported.
Police Chief Michael Covert said police were following several leads, but had not identified the attacker, who fled towards Susquehanna Avenue after confronting the woman at Beaver and Fair streets at about 5 a.m.
The assailant demanded the woman turn over her wallet and then struck her with a sharp object when she did not turn over a wallet, police said.
He was described as a white male believed to be about 20 years old, standing about 5-feet-4-inches to 5-feet-6-inches, weighing about 160 pounds, with “teeth in extremely poor condition.”
He was wearing a sweat shirt and dirty blue jeans, police said.
The weapon was not recovered, Covert said.
The chief said the attack appears to be unrelated to an assault last May on a another woman employed at Bassett. She was beaten by a man who approached her while she was walking to her car parked at the Clark Sports Center.
The assailant in that crime was described as being in his mid-40s. The crime remains unsolved, but Covert said village police are continuing to track leads.
In the Wednesday incident, village police were assisted by Bassett security officers, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office and State Police from Richfield Springs.
Covert urged anyone with information about the attack to contact village police at 547-2500.