Police hunt man who tried to rape woman on New York sidewalk

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Police hunt for man caught fleeing after choking and trying to rape 27-year-old woman on New York sidewalk at 7am

  • The 27-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan at 7 a.m. Saturday when the man grabbed her from behind
  • The suspect grabbed the woman by the throat with both hands and pushed her against a storefront on East 33rd Street
  • Police said the suspect then pulled down his pants and tried to rape the woman
  • The woman fought back and was finally able to break free
  • Surveillance showed the suspect ran down the street as he fled

Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance video trying to rape a woman on a sidewalk in New York City on Saturday morning.

The 27-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan at 7 a.m. when the man grabbed her from behind.

The suspect grabbed the woman by the throat with both hands and pushed her against a storefront on East 33rd Street.

According to police, the suspect then pulled his pants down and attempted to rape the woman.

Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance video trying to rape a woman on a sidewalk in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The 27-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan at 7 a.m. when the man grabbed her from behind

Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance video trying to rape a woman on a sidewalk in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The woman fought back against the suspect during a brief struggle, according to police.

Finally she was able to free herself from his grasp.

The suspect fled on foot, according to police.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect running across the street as he fled.

The streets appeared pedestrianized and there were very few vehicles in the area at the time of the early morning attack.

It is not clear where the woman went at the time.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect running down the street as he fled

Surveillance footage shows the suspect running down the street as he fled

The streets seemed deserted with pedestrians and there were very few vehicles around at the time of the early morning attack

The streets seemed deserted with pedestrians and there were very few vehicles around at the time of the early morning attack

During the attack, she suffered a small cut on her head.

The woman was examined at the scene and treated by first responders.

The suspect was wearing black pants and a gray T-shirt and white sneakers at the time.

He was wearing a face mask around his chin when he was seen running away.

Anyone with information about this incident is requested to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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