Feb. 8, 2018 By Tara Law
A man followed a woman into a Jackson Heights apartment building on Monday, grabbed her from behind and threatened her with a knife in a botched robbery attempt, police said.
The suspect attacked the 39-year-old woman as she walked inside the vestibule of a building at 76th Street and 35th Avenue at around 8 p.m. The man grabbed her from behind and displayed a knife while trying to rip away her purse, police said.
The woman fought back and managed to pull the assailant out in front of the building.
A passerby heard her screaming for help and came to her aid. The assailant took off south on 76th Street, empty-handed.
The victim was treated by EMS on scene for a small laceration to her left hand.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 50s. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and white knitted hat, a dark coat, black jeans, and white sneakers and carrying 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).