Prospect Park Jogger Fights Off Would-Be Rapist: Police

Police released a sketch and surveillance footage on Thursday of a man suspected of trying to rape a 23-year-old woman as she went for a morning run in Prospect Park.

The woman was thrown to the ground and held at knifepoint by a stranger who tried to sexually assault her early Wednesday morning. 

The suspect approached her from behind as she was jogging near Garfield Place and Prospect Park West at about 5 a.m., according to authorities. 

He threw her to the ground, flashed a knife and told her he was going to sexually assault her.

The woman fought off the attacker, but was sliced on her right index finger during the struggle, police said.

She then called 911 and was taken to Methodist Hospital.

The suspect fled and no arrest has been made. 

"I'm completely surprised," said Janelle Reichman of nearby Park Slope. "Seems like this is the last place it would ever happen." 

"This is a very safe park, typically," said Aleeza Hoveck, who often visits the park with her son. But, she added, "I think there's somewhat of a false sense of safety here in Park Slope." 

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