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Man tries to rape woman on Brooklyn subway, robs her

Posted at 9:14 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 21:23:02-05

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A man tried to rape a woman on a No. 4 train early Thursday just after she got on the train, police said.

The attacker tried to kiss the 27-year-old woman as she boarded at Franklin Avenue around 1:15 a.m., official said. She pushed him away, but he grabbed her.

They fought and the woman fell to the floor of the train, police said. She managed to get up, but the man pulled her pants and underwear down and sexually assaulted her with his fingers.

The man held down both of the woman’s arms  as she tried to fight him off, officials said. He later took $47 in cash and a pair of earphone from the woman, then got off the train at Atlantic Avenue and jumped onto the tracks.

The victim followed the man off the train, but lost sight of him. She was treated at a local hospital.

Police have asked for help finding the man. He’s about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and is believed to be in his mid-30s to mid-40s. The man was last seen wearing a yellow vest, a gray hooded sweater, a black coat, an orange sweater, black pants and black shoes.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).