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Woman punched and dragged in an attempted rape on Jackson Heights street

Suspect (NYPD)

April 17, 2017 Staff Report

A man attempted to rape a 35-year-old woman in Jackson Heights Sunday after punching her in the head and dragging along ground, according to police.

The victim was walking in the vicinity of 74th Street and 37th Avenue at around 4:40 am when the suspect approached her from behind, pulled her backwards by her arms and punched her in the back of the head a number of times.

When the woman fell to the ground, the suspect dragged her over a fence where he attempted to sexually assault her. The woman managed to fight off the suspect and ran toward 37th Avenue where she received help from a motorist, police said.

The suspect fled northbound on 74th Street with the victim’s purse.

The woman suffered bruising and abrasions to her head and torso and was transported to Elmhurst General Hospital in stable condition.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old, 5’5″, medium build; last seen wearing a white jacket, a green shirt, black shoes and light colored pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

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