EAST VILLAGE (PIX11)—Cops are searching for a man who they say attempted to rape a woman in the East Village.
According to detectives, the suspect followed the victim into her apartment building early Sunday morning. Once inside, he ambushed her, threw her to the ground and tried to rape her.
The victim managed to fight the man off. He fled the scene.
PIX 11 went to the building where the assault happened, on First Avenue off East 12th Street, and spoke to long-time, East Village resident, Barbara Frustaci.
"There's a lot of young women in the neighborhood--college students--" said Frustaci, "and you see those kinds of people lurking around."
Another resident, Aid MacSpade, told PIX, "Someone around here got to know him. The picture's perfect."
The reference to the clear, surveillance image reminded PIX 11 of another sexual assault case we covered in late May. That's when a suspect was captured on camera, forcing an 85 year old woman to a stoop on the Upper East Side, and ordering her to perform oral sex.
The manager of an ice company in Brooklyn recognized the suspect as his neighbor, because of Jeffrey Ritter's T-shirt, the way he walked, and the tattoos all over his body. The 37 year old Ritter was quickly charged with the assault, thanks to the good surveillance camera.
In this East Village case, local resident, Andi Oakes, said of the latest image, "It's a relief to see that but it would be more of a relief if they found him".
Police still haven't found a well-dressed rapist seen on surveillance footage in September, following a West Village woman to her home, after she left a nightclub. The image in that case was not quite so sharp.
Women living near the East Village woman who resisted her attacker applauded her bravery.
"Good for her! Get him in the b--ls," said 18 year old, Nora King, who grew up in the neighborhood.
Simone Pronold of Stuyvesant Town said, "That's amazing. Good for her. I don't know how I'd react in that situation."
The suspect who was captured in surveillance video is described as a white man in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5"9' and 170 pounds.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.