Police continue to search for a man who followed and later tried to sexually assault a woman on a College Point street early on Wednesday morning.
According to authorities, the 51-year-old woman was walking along 121st Street and 23rd Avenue, when the suspect approached her from behind at approximately 4:45 a.m. on June 8.
The attacker claimed to be armed with a gun and said that he would rape her, police reported. He then dragged the victim into the backyard of a residential building, where she restrained him and yelled for help. The suspect then fled southbound on 121st Street.
Officers from the 109th Precinct responded; the woman was not seriously injured.
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 23 to 25 years old, standing at 5 foot 11 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with a tattoo of a cross and Jesus on his right arm. He was last seen wearing a white tank top shirt, dark-colored jeans and yellow work boots.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.