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Man attacks, tries to rape masseuse at Midtown spa: police

Posted at 6:29 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 06:29:23-04

MIDTOWN — Police are on the hunt for a man they say assaulted and tried to rape a woman working in a Manhattan spa Tuesday.

According to police, the female masseuse entered the room at the Midtown spa where she works around noon Tuesday, where an unidentified man was waiting to receive a massage.

The man then grabbed the 43-year-old spa employee, began punching her in the head and body and tried to take her clothes off, authorities said.

The woman was able to free herself and the attacker ran out of the spa in an unknown direction, police said.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The NYPD has released the above surveillance footage of a man wanted in connection with the attack, and describe him as standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a heavy build, last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt, and brown shoes.

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