NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Wednesday were asking the public to help them find two suspects in an attempted rape in Ridgewood, Queens.
Around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, an 18-year-old woman was walking near Putnam and Seneca avenues in Queens when the suspects walked up from behind, police said.
One suspect punched the woman in the head, while the other choked and covered her mouth with his hand, police said.
The second suspect tried to take the woman’s pocketbook, but the woman was able to hold onto it, police said.
The first suspect then began to sexually assault the victim, but a passerby walked up and both ran off, police said.
The victim was treated and released at Woodhull Medical Center, police said.
The first suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, standing 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a striped shirt, a white hat, camouflage shorts, and a backpack, police said.
The second suspect was also described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, also standing 5 feet 5 inches tall. He had a ponytail, and was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt with “Aero 199” on the left sleeve and a backpack, police said.
Police have released surveillance photos and video of the suspects.
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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