An 18-year-old was attacked by two men who punched and choked the girl before trying to rob and rape her in Ridgewood on Wednesday, police said.
The victim was walking near Putnam and Seneca avenues at about 2:50 a.m. when the two suspects came up behind her, according to authorities.
One of the suspects punched her in the head while the second suspect choked the teen and covered her mouth with his hand, cops said. The second suspect then tried to swipe her pocketbook, but she was able to hold on to it, cops said.
The first suspect attempted to sexually assault her, but both men fled when a passerby approached, according to police.
The victim was taken to Woodhull Medical Center where she was treated and released.
Police describe both suspects as Hispanic, in their early 30s and 5 feet 5 inches tall. The first suspect was last seen wearing a striped shirt, white hat, and camouflaged shorts, and had a backpack. The second suspect had a ponytail and was last seen wearing a dark colored shirt with “Aero 199” on the left sleeve and had a backpack.
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