A 37-year-old woman was injured fighting off a man who was trying to rip off her clothes around 11 p.m. on July 4.
The woman was walking near 84th Street and Central Park West when the man approached her and tried to engage her in conversation, police said.
“When the victim ignored the male, he threw her to the sidewalk, punched, stomped and bit her about face/head. The male continued to remove her clothing when something startled the male before he fled on foot towards Columbus Ave. The victim was removed to an area hospital in stable condition,” the police statement said.
UPDATE: Police have arrested Desmond Smith, a 32-year-old who lives on 83rd Street, for the crime. He was charged with attempted rape, two counts of sexual abuse, strangulation and assault.
Police say the assailant was a bald black man who is about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, yellow or khaki shorts, black and white sneakers and eyeglasses. Police released the photos above and the surveillance video below.
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