A woman was followed and tackled to the ground by a man from behind who then allegedly sexually assaulted her on the street.
The shocking incident happened in the popular area of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City at around 8pm on Monday (June 28).
Footage released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) shows the 35-year-old victim taking a walk in the neighbourhood along Morgan Avenue.
While she takes a pause and checks on her phone, a man in a black top and camouflage-print trousers walks past her.
When she turns down another street, the man starts following her. He then jumps on her back and tackles her to the ground.
The victim falls forward and struggles to break free.
Police said the man reached into the woman's shorts and forcibly grabbed her buttocks before fleeing eastbound.
The victim was not physically hurt and refused medical attention.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) posted the footage on Twitter in the hopes of finding the man who is "wanted for forcibly touching".
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He was described as 5ft 5in tall and weighed about 165lbs, with a medium build and black hair.
The force wrote: "WANTED for a Forcible Touching on 6/28/21 at approximately 8.10pm, in the vicinity of Morgan Ave & Stagg St Brooklyn.
"The male tackled the woman from behind & grabbed her buttocks. Any info call or DM NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. Reward up to $3,500 (£2,544).
The incident left many women scared to walking alone in the city.
"This has almost happened to me many times. Walking alone as a woman is scary."
Another wrote: "My heart breaks for her. This is absolutely horrific."
"Females are really not safe at all," a third added.
The most recent statistics from the NYPD have shown that rapes and other sexual crimes were up 5% and 25% respectively compared to the same time last year.
More than 2,200 individual sexual offences have been reported throughout the five boroughs since the beginning of 2021.
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