Woman Attacked By Attempted Rapist In East Harlem, Police Say

Police said the suspect threw the 40-year-old victim to the ground, pulled down her pants and tried to rape her. CBS2's Kiran Dhillon reports.

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- Police are now searching for a man that they say tried to sexually assault a woman near a construction site in East Harlem. CBS 2's Kiran Dillon has the details.

KIRAN DHILLON: NYPD officers spend part of the day putting up flyers Thursday. Police now offering a reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in connection to an attempted rape in East Harlem. Officers are circulating this image of the suspect.

- It's messed up because he's still running around. Like, that's what's really scaring us the most, like he's still around and it's too close to home.

KIRAN DHILLON: The incident frightening women who live nearby. Police say it happened around 5:15 Wednesday evening Near East 131st Street and Harlem River Drive. A 40-year-old woman was walking in the area when she was approached by a stranger. The man pushed the woman to the ground and tried to rape her, saying in the process, I'm going to kill you.

This man works in the building nearby. He says it happened in this nook next to a trailer belonging to a close by construction site.

Is it a safe area, or?

- There's a lot of homeless around, especially over by the train station.

KIRAN DHILLON: Luckily, the woman was able to fight the men off before he ran away. 22-year-old Eddie Solis lives in front of where it happened. He's concerned for his mother's safety.

EDDIE SOLIS: I tell her every day just always watch your back. You don't know who's following you. Especially at night.

KIRAN DHILLON: Police are now searching for a man last seen wearing an orange knit cap, a black hooded jacket with a Nike and NFL logo on the front, a black shirt over a white t-shirt, black pants, black sneakers, and a surgical mask. Meanwhile, these friends say they're going to be looking over their shoulders until the suspect is caught. They want others to do the same.

- Ladies, be safe out here. You know, if there's a way to have that protection, please just-- try to have that and be safe.

KIRAN DHILLON: The victim was taken to the hospital where she was treated for a cut to the head. Anyone with information is asked to call police. In East Harlem, Kiran Dhillon, CBS 2 News.