NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a man they say forced his way inside a Brooklyn woman’s home and tried to rape her.
It happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at an apartment building near Meeker and Kingsland avenues in Greenpoint.
Police said the man knocked on the 37-year-old woman’s door and asked for someone named Jeffrey. When she opened it, police said he forced his way inside and pushed her into the bedroom, telling the woman he had a knife in his bag before demanding she perform a sex act on him.
That’s when she punched the man in the groin and tried to get away, but police said he tackled her and tried to take off her dress.
Police said the victim screamed, and the suspect hit her head against a door, causing her to bleed, before he took off.
Andre Jean-Louis, the building’s superintendent, said he came out from around the block to crime scene tape and an ambulance parked outside as the victim was being treated.
“There was two cops standing on the corner. I said, ‘What happened?’ They said there was a home invasion,” he told CBS2’s Marc Liverman. “She was bleeding but they already had the bandage on her head.”
Jean-Louis said she was crying when she told him what happened.
“She said, ‘I don’t know — I don’t know where this guy came from.’ Then she asked me to look out for her son because he was coming home from school,” he said.
The woman was rushed to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Detectives are now posting flyers all over the neighborhood.
“For someone living in this building, it kinda feels like my worst nightmare coming true,” said neighbor Paige Speidel.
“It’s traumatizing and it does make me angry,” said resident Madeline Dockery.
Police believe the suspect is in his mid-20s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.