Woman’s screams, children scare off her attempted rapist at Washington Heights apartment

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Police are searching for the man accused of attacking a woman in her bed and attempting to rape her early Wednesday, police said.

The door of the Washington Heights apartment was left ajar when the woman's husband walked outside just after 5 a.m., officials said. The 43-year-old woman was woken by her barking dog and walked toward her front door to investigate.

On her way, a man grabbed her and tried to remove her clothing, police said. The woman screamed and her children rushed in, causing the man to flee the apartment.

The woman told PIX11 that her children were screaming at the suspect to let her go. At one point the man attacked on her 11-year-old son.

With all the screaming the dog barking, the man fled the apartment.

He was last seen on West 188th Street heading toward Amsterdam Avenue, officials said. The victim was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for an evaluation.

Police have asked for help finding the attempted rapist. He's about 5 feet, 8 inches tall to 6 feet tall. The man was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark pants and a grey hooded sweatshirt.

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

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.