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A man strangled a woman unconscious before trying to rape her on a New York City Subway train was filmed fleeing a station afterwards.  

The suspect was seen rushing through the emergency exit door of a Manhattan station afterwards in what the NYPD allege was a harried escape. 

He is said to have struck at 9.45pm on Tuesday on a northbound C train in Washington Heights.

According to the NYPD, the 40-year-old female subway rider was approached by a stranger who demanded her possessions and then slammed her into the train car seats.

The NYPD is looking for this man who police say choked a female subway rider unconscious and tried to rape her on Tuesday night

The NYPD is looking for this man who police say choked a female subway rider unconscious and tried to rape her on Tuesday night

The NYPD is looking for this man who police say choked a female subway rider unconscious and tried to rape her on Tuesday night 

The suspect, seen here making his escape at the 168th Street station in Washington Heights, is accused of attacking the 40-year-old victim aboard a northbound C train

The suspect, seen here making his escape at the 168th Street station in Washington Heights, is accused of attacking the 40-year-old victim aboard a northbound C train

The suspect, seen here making his escape at the 168th Street station in Washington Heights, is accused of attacking the 40-year-old victim aboard a northbound C train 

The burly perpetrator then strangled the victim until she lost consciousness.

Police said the assailant then groped the unresponsive woman’s breasts inside her bra and tried to rape her, reported the New York Post.

When the train pulled into the 168th Street station, the attacker dragged the woman onto the subway platform and ran away.

Surveillance video from the station that was released by the police on Wednesday shows the suspect making his escape.

The victim was evaluated at the scene. The extent of her injuries has not been disclosed.

The burly suspect is suspected of strangling the victim unconscious, groping her breasts and trying to rape her, before dragging the woman off the train and fleeing

The burly suspect is suspected of strangling the victim unconscious, groping her breasts and trying to rape her, before dragging the woman off the train and fleeing

He was last seen wearing dark-colored clothes and a mask

He was last seen wearing dark-colored clothes and a mask

The burly suspect is suspected of strangling the victim unconscious, groping her breasts and trying to rape her, before dragging the woman off the train and fleeing 

The suspect was last seen wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and shorts, with a mask strapped under his chin.

The brutal attack comes amid skyrocketing crime rates in New York City.   

NYPD crime data show that rapes are up 3.1 per cent so far this year, with 842 reported as of August 1, compared to 817 in the same period of 2020.

Other sex crimes are up 26.3 per cent to 2,719 this year, compared to 2,152 last year, according to NYPD statistics.

Shootings have spiked 15.8 per cent in 2021 compared to last year, with 900 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 777 in 2020.

Rapes in New York City were up 3.1 per cent so far this year, with 842 reported as of August 1, compared to 817 in the same period of 2020

Rapes in New York City were up 3.1 per cent so far this year, with 842 reported as of August 1, compared to 817 in the same period of 2020

Rapes in New York City were up 3.1 per cent so far this year, with 842 reported as of August 1, compared to 817 in the same period of 2020

There are also 12 per cent more shooting victims this year, the data shows, with 1,057 people falling prey to gun violence compared to 944 last year.  

The biggest leap in crime rates is for hate crimes, which have surged by 103 per cent in the last year. The data come amid numerous random attacks on Asian Americans in the city in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Source: DailyMail

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