072515-Fayerweather-Street-near-Ivy-StreetPolice detectives are investigating an attempted sexual assault reported early Friday.

A woman told police that she walking home from a friend’s house alone on Fayerweather Street near Ivy Street in Neighborhood 9, near Danehy Park, when a man tried to assault her.

“The victim was able to fend off the attacker and the suspect fled,” police said, passing on a description of the attacker as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, about 5-foot-8 with dark brown or black hair, and wearing shorts and a short-sleeved, button-down shirt.

Anyone with information about the crime or who heard or saw anything in this area during the early hours of Friday is asked to contact Cambridge police at (617) 349-3370 or (617) 349-3300.

Police advised people walking alone, especially women, to stay on well-lit routes whenever possible, avoid wearing headphones or earbuds and to stay aware of their surroundings, keeping a phone handy but avoiding distracting calls and, if someone is following, to get to a lighted area where there are other people. “Trust your instincts and avoid whatever feels to you like it could be a potentially dangerous situation or environment,” police said.

The department offers a free self-defense training course. For information, call (617) 349-3236.