Attempted rapist sought in Manhattan attack: police

INWOOD, Manhattan — Video was released Monday of a man sought in an attempted rape of a woman inside her Inwood building, police said.

The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was walking home near Broadway and West 215th Street shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday when police said she was attacked.

The man approached the woman from behind, reached his hand under her skirt and placed his hand over her mouth as she opened the gate to her building, police said.

The victim screamed and fought to free herself, according to police.

She then ran into her building and locked the door behind her, police said.

The attacker fled and the assault is being investigated as an attempted rape, according to police.

The culprit, who was caught on surveillance cameras at a nearby subway station, is described as partially bald, 6 feet tall and about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and gray pants.

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