An alert New York City doorman came to the aid of a woman being attacked Wednesday, scaring off the suspect who police are now trying to locate.
The 37-year-old woman was just dropped off by an Uber around 11 p.m. and was walking on 84th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Circle in Manhattan, when an unidentified man approached her.
Police said he tried to start up a conversation with the victim. When she ignored him, the man got angry and threw her to the sidewalk, punched her in the head, stomped on her and bit her in the face and head.
The man then tried to take her clothes off, according to KTLA sister station WPIX. When she screamed, she caught the attention of Ernest Pjetri, the doorman of the building across the street.
“I came outside when I hear female scream,” Pjetri said. “He was on top of her, I couldn’t see clearly, but I saw him pulling off her clothes, ripping off her clothes and hitting her.”
Pjetri ran across the street and tried to take a picture of the man for police. His actions and the flash going off on his phone startled the suspect.
Pjetri said the suspect then ran after him and pushed him. He said the suspect told him that the woman owed him money — in an attempt to explain why he was attacking her.
Police believe the suspect and victim are not known to each other. The NYPD was able to obtain surveillance images of the suspect from cameras in area apartment buildings. He ran off towards Columbus Avenue.
The woman sustained injuries, including bruises and a fractured skull. At last check, she was listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
Police described the suspect as approximately six feet tall, 200 pounds, bald and last seen wearing a white T-shirt, yellow or khaki shorts, black and white sneakers and eyeglasses.