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Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob a woman at knifepoint in Jackson Heights.

Cops are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who pulled a knife on a woman in a Jackson Heights apartment building on Monday night in an attempt to steal her purse.

According to the NYPD, the incident happened at about 8 p.m. inside of a residential building at 76th Street and 35th Avenue. The suspect followed a 39-year-old female into the lobby, grabbed her from behind and threatened her with a knife as he tried to take her purse.

Law enforcement sources said the woman fought back as he tried to take her purse and was able to force him outside of the building where she screamed for help. A passerby came to help her and the suspect fled from the scene without the purse.

The victim was treated on the scene for a small laceration on her left hand, police said.

Cops described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his 50s, standing approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and white knitted cap, a dark colored coat, black jeans, white sneakers and a black backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-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.

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