BROOKLYN — Police released a sketch and video of the man they say tried to rape a jogger at knifepoint in Prospect Park on Wednesday morning.
The man, who can be seen on video walking and running near the scene, approached the 23-year-old woman from behind and threw her to the ground near Prospect Park West and Garfield Place about 5:15 a.m., police said.
He told the woman he was going to rape her but she fought back and scared him away, NYPD officials said.
The attacker's knife cut the woman's finger and she was treated at New York Methodist Hospital, police said.
The suspect was described as weighing about 185 pounds, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and having a goatee, police said. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black pants with white letters down the leg and black sneakers with white soles, police said.
Police are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the suspect's arrest, according to fliers posted in the area.
Runners said they noticed heavy police presence in the park Thursday morning and a light set up to illuminate the area where the attack happened.
"So is the verdict that it's still OK to run in the park this early?” wondered one jogger on a local running group’s Facebook page. "I wasn't planning on changing my routine, but my roommates/everyone who's heard the story are convincingly freaked out."
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).