Police are looking for a man who attacked a 73-year-old woman on the street early Tuesday, pushing her to the ground and sexually attacking her before the victim was able to push the man away and scream for help, authorities say.
The senior woman was collecting bottles and cans along Reservoir Avenue toward West 195th Street in the Fordham section of the Bronx at around 4 a.m. when a man came up from behind and pushed her to the ground, police said.
The man put his hand over the woman's mouth and sexually attacked her before the victim was able to push him off and scream for help, according to police.
The suspect ran off. EMS responded and took the woman to an area hospital.
The victim told partner station Telemundo-47 she was making her early morning round of collection bottles and cans when she was ambushed. She screamed, turned around and poked his eyes, she said.
Neighbor Bryan Rivera heard the woman's screams and ran downstairs.
"When I came downstairs with the dog, police had already arrived, she was by herself. There was no one around, so we didn't see anything -- I didn't see anyone," he said.
"Usually there's not much that goes around at 4:00 in the morning in this area," said neighbor Elaine Dinkins.
Anyone with information is asked to contract Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.