The NYPD is searching for a teenager who allegedly stalked and tried to rape a woman as she walked on a Queens street in the overnight hours, they say.
The teen allegedly followed the 26-year-old woman in the area of Harman Street and Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood at about 3 a.m. Sunday, May 8, according to police.
He threw her to the ground, then tried to rape her, police said. The woman fought off her attacker, and he ran away.
Police released surveillance video of the suspect, taken just before the assault. It appears to show him walking up to the front steps of a home, pausing as he takes off his backpack as if he's about to take out some keys -- apparently waiting for the victim to walk past him. He then walks back out to the sidewalk and follows her.
The suspect is described as being in his teens, with a slim build. He was wearing a light-colored hoodie, camouflage shorts, black sneakers and carrying a backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.