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Police: Man Chased Woman Into Harlem Apartment, Tried To Rape Her

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Wednesday were asking for help from the public in finding a suspect in an attempted rape and robbery in Harlem.

Around 10:30 p.m. this past Monday, a 31-year-old woman walked into her building at an unspecified location in the 30th Precinct – which includes the Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill and West Harlem neighborhoods.

The suspect entered the building behind the woman and lingered behind her while she checked her mail, police said. When the woman began to walk up to her apartment, the man came up to her, went through her pockets and took her cellphone, police said.

The victim took the cellphone back and the suspect backed off as the woman continued up to her apartment, police said.

But after that, the suspect ran into the woman’s apartment behind her and tried to take off her blouse and pants, police said.

The victim fought back and yelled, and the suspect ran off with the victim’s cellphone, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male around 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a beige coat with a black hooded sweat shirt underneath.

Police have released a surveillance video of the suspect.

Anyone with information was asked to call 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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