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Police are searching for man they say masturbated on a subway train and then attempted to rape a 21-year-old woman last Thursday.

The victim was riding on a northbound 3 train about 4 p.m. when she observed the suspect masturbating, police said. When the woman got up and moved to another car, the suspect followed her, pushed her onto a seat and tried to rape her, police said.


The suspect fled the train after it arrived at the 148th Street station.

Police released a sketch of the man. He is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, between 25 and 35 years old. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black hat and brown coat.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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