A woman was almost raped just blocks from Prospect Park early Saturday morning after similar attacks have been reported near the Brooklyn green space dating back to this spring, police said.
The 23-year-old victim was walking around 7th Avenue and Garfield Place in Park Slope just before 5 a.m. when the suspect approached her. He then pushed her to the ground and began to pull down his pants, authorities said. The victim threw her purse at the suspect, who fled the location in an unknown direction.
Police describe the suspect as about 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 150 to 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing black hoodie and black sweatpants.
This assault comes as police continue to investigate several other recent attempted rapes around Prospect Park. On May 22, a woman walking on Second Street was thrown to the ground in an attempted rape that ended when her attacker fled as she fought back, according to police. A few days later, two men tried to rape a woman near another section of the park. Authorities have not indicated that any of these incidents are related.
Anyone with information about the most recent attack should call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website.