Police looking for suspect who tried to sexually assault woman in Astoria elevator

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A man punched and choked a 53-year-old woman before trying to sexually assault her in the elevator of her Astoria apartment building Monday morning, police said.

The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. after the suspect followed the woman into the building, police said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

Police have identified the suspect, who fled after the attack, as 27-year-old Elvis McKenzie. He is described as 6 feet 4 inches tall and 200 pounds.

McKenzie served three years in state prison after being convicted in 2007 for sexually abusing a 26-year-old woman in White Plains, according to state public records and published reports.

He also has several other prior arrests for assault, gang assault, robbery, theft of service, criminal possession of stolen property and attempted robbery, ABC New York reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.