Nurse volunteering in New York City fights off attempted rapist, police say
WPIX / NYPD Crime Stoppers
Police have asked for help identifying this man in connection with an attempted rape.

By Aliza Chasan, WPIX

HAMILTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WPIX) -- A nurse in New York City volunteering in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak fought off an attempted rapist inside a Hamilton Heights apartment building, a NYPD spokesman said Sunday.

The 32-year-old woman, who came to New York City from upstate New York, was followed into her apartment building on 149th Street around 9 p.m. Friday by the assailant, officials said.

He punched the nurse in the face and tried to pull off her pants, police said. The man fled with her phone after she fought him off. The nurse was bruised in the attack, but she refused medical attention at the scene.

MORE: Nurse volunteering in NY fights off attempted rapist, police say - WPIX

TRUE CRIME DAILY: Coronavirus-related crime coverage - TCD