LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A man followed a woman into her home and tried to rape her at knifepoint, police said.

The man followed a 53-year-old woman into her building at the Lillian Wald Houses on Sunday around 9 a.m., according to the NYPD. He forced his way into the apartment, flashed a knife and attempted to rape the woman. 

The suspect fled the apartment, taking off with $20 and the victim’s cellphone, police said. Investigators released surveillance images of the suspect, who wore distinct shorts with the word “rude” written across them. 

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