Police: Man Attacked Woman, Ran Off When Bystander Intervened

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were searching Saturday for a man they said attacked and tried to rape a woman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The attack happened around 4:20 a.m. Friday, police said. The 27-year-old woman was walking along Graham Avenue near Scholes Street when the man grabbed her from behind and hurled her to the ground, police said.

The suspect then slammed the woman’s head against the ground and tried to rape her, police said. The man ended up running off when a witness stopped to intervene, police said.

The victim was taken to Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center for treatment, police said. Her condition was not released.

A neighbor told CBS 2’s Steve Langford that she heard the victim’s haunting cries on Friday morning.

“I hear what she screams,” Ana Diaz said,”Wha, help me, help me.”

The violent rape attempt has left the neighborhood on edge.

“I told my daughter to be careful because they be walking around late,” Miriam Alicea said.

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 30s, standing between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He had short hair and was clean shaven, police said.

Police have released surveillance photos and video of the suspect.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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