Phoenix police seek suspect in attempted sexual assault

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are asking for the public's help to identify and locate a suspect in an attempted sexual assault last month.

Sgt. Trent Crump said a 28-year-old woman went to visit a friend at an apartment complex near 35th Avenue and Greenway Road just after midnight on Aug. 25. She parked her vehicle and started walking to the friend's apartment when she heard someone behind her.

The woman looked back and saw the suspect following her. He asked her if she knew what time it was and she told him. A few seconds later, the suspect came up behind her and put her in a chokehold.

Crump said the suspect carried the woman to the small area between two vehicles where he attempted to force her to engage in sex acts.

The woman began to scream for help and a resident pulled the suspect off of her. The suspect ran southbound into a nearby strip mall.

Crump said the victim, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 90 pounds, suffered strangulation injuries and scratches.

The suspect is described as a black male, 15 to 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, 120 pounds to 140 pounds with a thin build and short black hair. He was wearing a purple basketball jersey, possibly Lakers, black basketball shorts, black Adidas flip-flops and white socks.

Police released surveillance video that shows the suspect following two women then turning around and walking the other direction.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.