Woman Sexually Assaulted During Robbery Attempt in Chinatown

By Ben Fractenberg on December 21, 2011 4:21pm 

Police are looking for this man in connection with a sexual assault that happened near Monroe and Catherine streets on Dec. 18, 2011.
Police are looking for this man in connection with a sexual assault that happened near Monroe and Catherine streets on Dec. 18, 2011.
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CHINATOWN — A woman was sexually assaulted during a robbery attempt in broad daylight in Chinatown, police said.

The suspect, who is still at large, allegedly approached the 40-year-old victim at Monroe and Catherine streets on Dec. 18 at 7:50 a.m.

He allegedly followed the victim into a nearby building, grabbed her and then tried to steal her handbag before fleeing, police said.

The attack comes just months after a Bronx man was arrested for sexually assaulting two teenage girls nearby, threatening to behead one of the victims.

The man is described as 25-30 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 and was wearing dark pants and a blue waist-length jacket at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), log onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by text 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIP577.

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