NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were searching Thursday for a suspect who allegedly sneaked up behind a woman on the Upper West Side and tried to strangle her.
Around 4:55 a.m. this past Sunday, the 23-year-old woman was walking near the Collegiate School at 260 W. 78th St. – between Broadway and West End Avenue – when the suspect came up from behind, police said.READ MORE: Harlem Subway Push Victim Randall Weaver Describes Scary Ordeal, 'There's A Lot Of Loonies Out Here Now'
The suspect put his arm around the woman’s neck and his hand over her mouth, and began choking her, police said.READ MORE: New York Weather: Tuesday Afternoon 5/11 CBS2 Weather Headlines
The victim fought the suspect off and he fled, police said.
Police have released surveillance video of the suspect.MORE NEWS: Back For Another Round: Republican Rob Astorino To Run For New York Governor In 2022
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.