What to Know
- An attacker knocked a woman out and tried to rape her as she was walking in Manhattan, the NYPD said
- The 20-year-old was walking in the Stuyvesant Oval, the park behind Stuy Town in the East Village, when the attack happened, police said
- The man fled the scene when a witness rushed to her aid and called 911, according to police
An attacker knocked a woman out and tried to rape her as she was walking in Manhattan — but fled when a witness rushed to help her, police said.
The 20-year-old woman was walking in the park behind Stuy Town in the East Village around 5 a.m. on Saturday when the man approached her from behind and grabbed her by the neck, the NYPD said.
The woman fought back, but ended up passing out and falling to the ground, according to police.
The man tried to sexually assault her, but fled the scene when a witness rushed to her aid and called 911, police said.
He was last seen running west on 17th Street toward Second Avenue wearing a blue shirt and black jeans, the NYPD said. Police released surveillance video that shows the man turning onto First Avenue from 16th Street not long before the attack.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for abrasions on her forehead, neck and elbows, police said.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.