NEW DORP, Staten Island – Cops seek an attempted rape suspect who allegedly broke into a woman's bathroom as she was showering and choked her before she escaped his grips Tuesday morning.
It happened around 9:15 a.m. inside a residence in the vicinity of Ebbitts Street and Hett Avenue, police said.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Miguel Felipe, gained entry into a locked bathroom where the 22-year-old victim was taking a bath, police said. He allegedly touched her genitals and threw her down to the bathroom floor when she tried to fight him off.
He choked the victim while on the floor and when he let up on her, she coerced him into letting her walk out of the bathroom, police said. Once they were out of the hallway, she managed to run out of the apartment and to the street, according the NYPD.
The victim sought help from passerbys at a nearby location. She was treated and released from an area hospital.
The suspect, who also goes by "Tino" or "Constantino," ran away from the apartment in an unknown direction.
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