Witness Helps Stop Sexual Assault, Police Search For Suspect

July 01, 2019 - 7:50 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police are searching for a man who they say attempted to sexually assault a woman in Gramercy Park.

Police say a 20-year-old woman was walking in the area of Stuyvesant Oval at approximately 5:10 a.m. Saturday when someone approached her from behind and grabbed her by the neck.

The victim resisted, but lost consciousness and fell to the ground.

According to police, the suspect attempted to sexually assault her, but a male witness helped the victim and called 911.

The suspect then ran away, heading west on 17th Street toward Second Avenue police say.

The victim suffered scrapes to her forehead, neck and elbow and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The suspect was wearing a blue shirt and black jeans at the time.

He can be seen on surveillance footage walking northbound on First Avenue and turning right onto East 16th Street shortly before the incident occured.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.