(NYPD)

Police are now on the hunt for a man who violently attempted to rape a woman in Queens before being scared off by a witness, CBS2 reported.

 

The suspect was spotted in surveillance video footage from the incident released by investigators who are hoping the public will recognize the him.

 

Around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, the 40-year-old victim was approached by her attacker near the 66th Street and Forest Avenue intersection, when he began speaking with her before proceeding to shove her into a nearby residential building, punching her in the face and attempting to tear off her clothing, police said. He ran off when a tenant shouted at him upon seeing the attack.

 

Authorities are describing the suspect as a bearded man who is approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall with brown eyes and black hair. Police ask anyone who might have information to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com