The terrifying incident unfolded around 1:35 a.m. at the 20-year-old victim's apartment building on 30th Street and 34th Avenue.
According to police, the woman was able to break free after being attacked. The attacker than got back to his car and drove away.
The woman was taken to a hospital for minor injuries.
Police described the suspect as 20-25-years-old, 5-foot-4, weighting approximately 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with dark pants and frameless eyeglasses.
He drove a light colored Lincoln Towncar.
Police released surveillance video of the cab driver, who was in a light colored Lincoln Town, as he walked towards the victim's building.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.