Woman Opens NYC Apartment to Nightmare After Stranger Knocks

What to Know

  • A strange man attacked a woman after knocking on her Brooklyn apartment door and asking for someone named "Jeffrey"

  • The woman punched the man in the groin, then tried to run, but he tackled her to the ground and tried to rip off her dress, cops say

  • He ran off; the woman was treated at a hospital

Authorities are looking for a young man who knocked on the door of a 37-year-old woman's Brooklyn apartment in the middle of the day Thursday, asked for "Jeffrey" and then pushed her into her bedroom, where he tried to rape her.

Police say the knock at the apartment near Meeker and Kingsland avenues iin Greenpoint came around 3:30 p.m.

It's not clear if a "Jeffrey" lived in the apartment with the woman, but when the suspect asked for that person, the woman opened the door. They started talking, then the suspect forced his way into the home, shoved her into her bedroom and said he had a knife in his bag. Then he demanded oral sex.

The woman punched the suspect in his groin and tried to run out of the apartment, but the suspect tackled her to the ground and tried to take off her dress. She screamed and then was somehow hit by the door, causing a laceration to her head, police say. The suspect ran off.

Man Wanted in Vicious NYC Sex Attack

[NY] Man Wanted in Vicious NYC Sex Attack

The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The attack has neighbors in the otherwise quiet corner of the north Brooklyn neighborhood on edge.

"It could have happened to my life and that's very scary," said Luis Torreros.

Police released a surveillance image of the suspect (above) walking down the street. He's believed to be in his mid-20s and about 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Anyone with information about him is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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