Woman fights off would-be rapist by throwing purse at him: NYPD

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PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — A young woman fought off a would-be rapist in Park Slope by throwing her purse at him and police are asking for the public's help to find the culprit.

The attack happened about 4:40 a.m. Saturday at 7 Avenue and Garfield Place, police said.

A 23-year-old woman was walking when a man snuck up behind her, pushed her to the ground and started to pull down his pants, police said. That's when the woman threw her purse at the assailant, who then ran away.

Police say this man tried to rape a 23-year-old woman Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. (Photo: NYPD)

Police say this man tried to rape a 23-year-old woman Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. (Photo: NYPD)

Police are searching for a man about 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, about 150 to 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black sweatpants, and a clear shot of his face was captured on surveillance camera, pictured above.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD's anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. For Spanish, call 1-888-57-PISTA.