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Man attempts to rape woman in broad daylight in Brooklyn

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is looking for a suspect who attempted to rape a woman in broad daylight while walking her dog in Brooklyn.

The alleged incident happened around Woodbine Street and Ridgewood Place in the Bushwick neighborhood around 8:25 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Police said the suspect allegedly placed the woman in a chokehold and then subdued her to the ground behind a parked vehicle, WABC reported.

The man continued to strangle the woman while sexually assaulting her. At one point, the woman was able to “push off” the suspect, and he fled east on Woodbine Street, police said, according to the New York Daily News.

A police source told the New York Post that the victim’s injuries included cuts to his neck, bruising and swelling in both eyes.

The woman was then taken to Brooklyn Interfaith Medical Center for treatment.

Police describe the suspect as 5’8″, around 30, of average height, with dreadlocks, a mustache and chin hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with a pink design on it, a black t-shirt, black shorts and black sneakers.

Authorities are offering a $3,500 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Residents of the Bushwick neighborhood were taken aback by the alleged heinous crime and expressed their belief that the area recently appeared unsafe.

“It’s generally a safe neighborhood, but it’s ridiculous,” a Bushwick resident told CBS New York. “The last few months have been really bad here.”

“I don’t go out,” another resident told the outlet. “I stay home all the time.”

According to crime statistics in the NYPD’s 83rd Precinct, where the alleged assault occurred, violent crime is up 25.9% from the same time last year.

While documented rapes in the precinct are down 5.0% since last year, felony assaults are up 6.1%. Robberies, burglaries and armed robberies saw the largest percentage increases.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.

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