NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on were searching for a suspect Friday in an attempted rape last week in a bar on Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.

It happened when the 34-year-old woman was exiting the restroom at the Flaming Saddles Saloon — a popular gay cowboy bar at 793 Ninth Ave., around 11:35 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, police said.

The suspect choked the woman until she lost consciousness, threw her to the ground, and ripped off her underwear, police said.

Security officers at the bar spotted the suspect and he ran off, police said.

The suspect was described as a black male between the ages of 35 and 45, standing 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 4 inches tall, with dreadlocks and a black hat, a black sweat shirt, black sweat pants and black and white sneakers.

Police have released a surveillance photo and 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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