THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) -- An 18-year-old woman walking home in the Bronx was targeted by three violent would-be thieves who put her in a chokehold and slammed her against a metal railing in a caught-on-camera assault.
The attackers are still at large Thursday, police said as they released video of the incident.
It happened about 7 p.m. March 12, in front of an apartment building on College Avenue. The teenage victim, named Brittany, was walking home when she was approached by three males who demanded she hand over her cellphone, police said.
As the trio followed her to the building’s door, one of them threw something at her. When she pressed a buzzer to get into the building, another attacker put her in a chokehold, yanked her away from the door and slammed her into a railing, all while his accomplice tried to rip the woman’s cellphone from her hand.
For reasons not revealed, the trio ran away empty handed. Brittany's mother Paula says the teen is under 5 feet tall.
The victim's mother believes her daughter's ex-boyfriend may have something to do with the attack and that the teens involved may be associates of his.
One attacker is described as a black male, possibly 17 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray jacket over a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and sneakers.
Another is described as a black male with a heavy build, about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored jacket, a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a knit cap.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).