Prosecutors have dropped charges against a New Yorker who used a tire iron on a fleeing, cocaine-fueled intruder who had tried to rape his wife.

Relatives of Mamadou Diallo cheered Wednesday after his assault case was dismissed.

The office of Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said the family of the dead man, Earl Nash, approved its decision.

Investigators said that on May 30, Nash forced his way into the Diallos' apartment, beat the wife, pulled down his pants and tried to rip off her clothes. She managed to call her husband, who was outside.

The 61-year-old Diallo dialed 911 and rushed inside. He hit Nash as he tried to escape in the elevator.

The autopsy determined the 43-year-old Nash died from cardiorespiratory complications associated with his injuries, acute cocaine intoxication and heart disease.