A bare-chested brute remains at large for attempting to rape a 37-year-old woman on a Bronx street early on Monday morning, police reported.
Law enforcement sources said the violent attack occurred at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 9 in the area of East 163rd Street and Teller Avenue in Melrose.
Authorities said the creep approached the victim and engaged her in a conversation. Moments later, he then forced her to enter an apartment building, where he began to remove her clothing.
Cops said the suspect then attempted to rape her, but the victim resisted, scratching him in the face. The enraged brute then struck the woman repeated in the face and stomach, then removed her iPhone and fled the scene in an unknown direction.
The incident was reported to the 44th Precinct. Police said the victim sought treatment at Lincoln Hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening; she’s listed in stable condition.
The NYPD Bronx Special Victims Squad is now leading the investigation. On Tuesday, the NYPD released video footage of the perpetrator walking near the crime scene on the morning of the attack.
Police described him as a man with a dark complexion, a slim build and a black Afro, standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.