NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Thursday were searching for a suspect who got into a woman’s West Village apartment through a fire escape and groped her as she slept.

Around 5:10 a.m. Thursday, the suspect walked into the residential building near Hudson and West 10th streets through the front door, and made his way to the back, police said.

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The man went up the fire escape and walked into a second-floor apartment, where he grabbed the 43-year-old woman’s buttocks as she slept, police said.

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The woman awoke, and the man ran off, police said.

The suspect was described as a black male who is balding, and was last seen wearing black sneakers, black jeans and a white T-shirt. Police have released a surveillance photo.

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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.