Security footage leads NYPD search for attacker in East Village as another suspect assaults pregnant woman on 7 train

Strangulation on a Manhattan sidewalk leaves a woman unconscious; in a distinct event, a pregnant subway rider is assaulted in Queens.

The quiet of an early Manhattan morning was shattered when an assailant attacked a 25-year-old woman on October 22. Around 4:10 a.m., as the victim walked along Houston Street near Avenue C in the East Village, she was strangled from behind and fell unconscious to the pavement.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has released security camera images of a man dressed in black, with a hoodie, who is believed to be the assailant.

Authorities report that the suspect made his escape on foot toward Avenue C. The attack left the woman with a bruised knee and a neck laceration. Whether she has sought medical attention remains undisclosed.

The NYPD has described the attacker as a man of a black complexion, with a build indicating an age between 35 to 45 years, standing at 5’6″ and weighing around 140 pounds.

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Daylight Attack on Pregnant Woman in Queens

In a separate incident, the NYPD is investigating an assault on a pregnant 25-year-old woman. This altercation took place on the 7 train near the 74 Street station in Queens. The conflict, which began with an argument while the train was in motion, escalated quickly. Following the train’s stop, the suspect attacked the pregnant woman with a cell phone and then kicked her in the abdomen as they both exited the subway car.

NYPD released an image of the suspect who attacked a pregnant woman on a 7 train in Queens. Photo: Courtesy / NYPD
NYPD released an image of the suspect who attacked a pregnant woman on a 7 train in Queens. Photo: Courtesy / NYPD

Call for Public Assistance

The NYPD has disseminated an image of the female suspect inside the train in an effort to solicit the public’s help in locating her. Additionally, they are urging anyone with information on either case to come forward.

Individuals who can provide tips may do so confidentially by calling the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS for English speakers or 1-888-57-PISTA for Spanish. Online tips can be submitted at NYPD Crime Stoppers, or via Twitter at @NYPDTips.