NEW YORK –The hunt is on for a man the NYPD says attempted to rape a woman walking her dog in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.
Police released disturbing video of the attack, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Sunday.
The incident happened at around 8.30am. Video shows the 30-year-old woman walking with her small dog in the area of Woodbine Street and Ridgewood Place in Bushwick when suddenly the suspect appears from behind.
Police said the suspect placed the victim in a chokehold and forced her to the ground, adding that he continued to strangle and attack her over her clothes before fleeing in the direction of east on Woodbine Street.
“It’s generally a safe neighborhood, but that’s ridiculous. In the last few months, things have really deteriorated here,” said Shane Williams, a resident of Bushwick. “I usually walk my dog on the same block too, so that’s really sad.”
“It puts us on alert now,” said Hector Leguillow, a resident of Bushwick.
“I don’t go out. I stay home all the time,” one woman added.
Police said the suspect was approximately 30 years old, 5ft 8in, average build, dreadlocks, mustache and chin hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with a rose design on the front.
The victim had injuries to his neck and face and was later treated at the Interfaith Medical Center.
“I hope this woman is okay and she really finds the person who did this,” said Jade Miranda, a resident of Bushwick.
“We’re in shock that something like this is happening because everyone’s pretty close in this neighborhood,” Leguillow said. “When my wife goes to work, I have to… I take her to work because she works on weekends, because it’s very scary.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.