NYPD: Man groped woman in elevator, choked her when she ran

October 08, 2018 - 10:35 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are looking for a man who followed a woman into a downtown Manhattan apartment building, sexually abused her in the elevator and then choked her after she tried to flee.

The New York Police Department says it happened around 8 a.m. Monday near East 20th Street and Avenue C.

Police say the man groped and kissed the 42-year-old woman in the elevator. They say when she ran out, he tried to pull her into a stairwell, got on top of her and choked her. She screamed, and he fled.

She was taken to a hospital in stable condition, with scratches on her neck.

Police released edited surveillance video of the suspect walking into the lobby — and, later, running out.

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