Two men tried to rape and rob a woman on a street in Queens on Wednesday, police said.
The 18-year-old woman was walking near Putnam and Seneca avenues in Ridgewood around 2:50 a.m. when two men approached her from behind, according to the NYPD.
One of the men punched her in the head and the other choked her, covering her mouth with his hand, police said. The second man allegedly tried steal the woman's pocketbook, but she held onto it.
Police said the first man started sexually assaulting the woman when a passerby approached, causing both men to flee.
The woman was taken to to Woodhull Hospital for treatment and released, police said.
Both men are described as Hispanic, in their early 30s and 5-foot-5, police said. They both had backpacks.
The first man was last seen wearing a striped shirt, white hat and camouflaged shorts. The second man had a pony tail and was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt with "Aero 199" on the left sleeve.
Police released surveillance footage of both suspects.
Anyone with information about the attempted rape is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit a tip online or text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.
Police said these men tried to rape and rob a woman on a street in Queens Wednesday.Credit: NYPD
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