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Sex predator sought for viciously beating woman during rape attempt in Brooklyn

The suspect sought for an attempted rape in Brooklyn on March 1. He is shown walking close to the crime scene while carrying a red tea kettle. (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Detectives are looking for the suspect who attacked and attempted to sexually assault a woman on a Brooklyn street early on Sunday morning.

Police released on Tuesday two videos of the perpetrator involved in the March 1 incident, which occurred at 4 a.m. in the area of St. James and Lefferts Places in Clinton Hill.

According to law enforcement sources, the 30-year-old woman was on her way home when the creep approached her from behind. Cops said he punched her in the head, knocking her to the pavement.

After she fell, authorities reported, the suspect repeatedly punched her, then attempted to sexually assault her. Cops said the victim managed to fight off her attacker, who then grabbed her backpack and ran away northbound on St. James Place toward Fulton Street.

The incident was reported to the 88th Precinct. Police said the victim was treated at a local hospital for a head laceration, as well as bruises and swelling to her head and neck.

Police described the attempted rapist as a man between 30 and 40 years of age with a dark complexion, who was last seen wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap, a dark colored jacket with fur around the collar, wrists and bottom of the coat, blue jeans and sneakers.

One of the two videos that the NYPD released on March 2 shows the suspect walking through the area while holding a red kettle. 

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.

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