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Woman, 29, strangled from behind while walking on E. Houston St.

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | A 29-year-old woman walking on the Lower East Side one recent early morning was choked-out by an unknown man, police said.

It was 4:10 a.m. on Sun., Oct. 22, as the victim was walking at Houston Street and Avenue D. The unidentified man came up suddenly from behind her and clamped his hands tightly around her neck.

After being strangled, the woman fell to the ground, blacking out briefly. She got up and the man fled on foot toward Avenue C.

The victim suffered bruising to her knee and a cut on her neck.

A surveillance camera image of the alleged suspect, according to police. (NYPD)

The suspect is described as around 35 to 45 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and black sneakers.

Police released surveillance video and a photo of the suspect from the incident location.

Police ask that anyone with information call the NYPD’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 @NYPDTips. Tips leading to an arrest and indictment result in a reward of $3,500.


  1. John Penley John Penley November 9, 2023

    Back in the old days women and others would organize a women’s safety patrol and act directly on weekends to watch for and stop scumbags from doing violent crimes against Women and the LGBTQ+ communities.

    • Ellen G Ellen G November 17, 2023

      In post-pandemic NYC, that sounds like a bad destination to walk to at that hour. Horrible, but I have curtailed my late night movements a good deal in the past few years.

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