Cops: Help us find attempted rapist

Manhunt: Police say this man robbed and attempted to rape a woman in the vicinity of 73rd Street on Nov. 3.
Courtesy of NYPD

Cops are searching for a man they say mugged and tried to sexually assault a Bay Ridge woman on Nov. 3.

Investigators said the suspect grabbed the woman from behind as she walked down 73rd Street at 3 am.

The thug stole the woman’s wallet and cellphone — then tried to molest her — but the woman fought the fiend off and escaped, cops said.

Police fear that the suspect still has the woman’s phone, so investigators are releasing very little information about the victim or the incident, officials said.

“He has her personal information, so they’re being careful about what they’re putting out there,” said an NYPD spokeswoman, who explained that investigators do not believe that the attack is part of a pattern.

Cops described the assailant as a 25-year-old dark-skinned male with a long goatee. The five-foot-seven, 170-to-200-pound suspect was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the attack, said officials, who do not believe that this attack is part of a pattern.

“Investigators are doing everything possible to try and find this person,” the spokeswoman said.

Anyone with any information about the crime is encouraged to call Detective Velazco at (718) 230 –4421. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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