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Attempted knifepoint rape at Wald Houses

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in connection with an attempted rape in the East Village.

According to police, on Sun., Sept. 4, around 9 a.m., inside the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D, a stranger followed a 53-year-old woman into her building and then forced his way into her apartment. Once inside, he brandished a knife and attempted to rape the victim.

During a struggle, the attacker was able to tear off some of the woman’s clothes but things didn’t go any further, according to a police spokeswoman.

The creep stole the victim’s cell phone and $20 and fled.

A surveillance-camera image of the alleged attempted rapist before the incident. (N.Y.P.D.)

The victim was transported by E.M.S. to Beth Israel Medical Center for treatment.

The suspect is described as in his 20s and on the small side, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with a slim build and facial hair, and last seen wearing a silver doo rag, a black T-shirt, a chain around his neck, distinctive white shorts with the word “Rude” written across the front in large letters and white sneakers.

Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. Tips can result in cash rewards. All tips are strictly confidential.

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