NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to identify a man who they say is wanted for sexually assaulting a woman in the stairwell of an East Village apartment building.

It happened just after 6 a.m. Sunday at a building on East 6th Street.

Police said the suspect followed a 22-year-old woman into the building and tried to rape her in the stairwell. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

One resident who lives in a public housing unit nearby said she thinks the problem is that the doors are always broken and the locks don’t hold, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

“It’s so dangerous, you don’t know who is lurking in the hallways,” she said.

The suspect was seen on surveillance video.

Police describe him as a 25-year-old dark-skinned male, weighing about 180 pounds with short hair. He was wearing a dark baseball cap, black bubble jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit or text
tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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