An estate agent has been left badly shaken after being pounced on from behind in broad daylight and punched in her face leaving her with a black eye.
Elizabeth Noble, 22, said she had just finished a house viewing in Haywards Heath, Sussex, at around 12.50pm last Saturday when she was attacked as she went back to her car.
She was walking on a footpath leading to Colwell Road when she said an unseen stranger approached her from behind.
The attacker pulled her hair and punched her in the face before running into the bushes without giving her time to get a glimpse of who it was.
Elizabeth said: “It was a completely random and unprovoked attack really.
“I was just walking to my car just through the cut-through and just had someone grab my hair from behind, push me forward and then punch me in the eye.
“It happened so quickly, at the time I didn’t really have any chance to even think about things, it was like a flash that just went past.”
Elizabeth told police that she just remembers it being a large hand and a punch with “force”.
She said: “I said to the police like upon reflection and things, the size of what I felt of the hand that grabbed the back of my head definitely didn’t feel like a female average-sized hand, it definitely felt a lot larger.
“But also the force of the punch to the face, like that was done with some force.”
When she she got back to the car, Elizabeth drove a short distance down the road to make sure she wasn’t being chased and then phoned the police.
“The person who attacked me had gone into the bushes as soon as he had punched me in the face,” she continued.
“They must have got out of those bushes at some point before the police had got there. It’s whether anybody saw anyone like suspiciously running away or loitering around or anything.”
She is now working from the office at the estate agents while her facial injury recovers.
“At the moment it’s quite strange because I still feel like I’m almost in shock about it, it’s not really sunk in,” she said.
“So I think in time I will probably feel a bit more uneasy about things and watch where I’m walking and things and try and make it the most open route as possible but as the moment it’s still not properly sunk in what’s actually happened.”
Police took forensic details from her face and officers are conducting door-to-door enquiries.