In an attack that appears to be motivated by jealously, a Darien woman walking on Main Street in the downtown had at least one tooth knocked out as another woman beat her repeatedly with a tire iron Monday morning, police said.

Capt. Tom Wuennemann said that the 26-year-old woman was attacked just before 9:30 a.m. and struck four or five times on the head and face with the 10-inch metal tool.

While attacking the Darien resident, the woman was heard saying, "I told you not to mess with my man," Wuennemann said.

Wuennemann said the Darien woman was walking in the area of 119 Main St. when a woman driving a sky-blue four-door got out of the vehicle near her. Witnesses got a partial plate number from the vehicle as it sped westbound on Main Street toward Clinton Avenue after the attack, Wuennemann said.

The woman was taken to Stamford Hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises on her head and face. The woman lost at least one tooth as a result of the assault, Wuennemann said.

The car and driver have not been found.

The woman told police she received harassing phone messages from another woman, but wasn't sure if the woman who attacked her was the author, Wuennemann said.

"She is not sure if that is the woman that assaulted her. She never met the other woman and we don't know for sure at this point," Wuennemann said.

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Police are checking video surveillance cameras in the area in hopes of identifying the attacker. The victim is being cooperative and Wuennemann said police are tracing other leads.